Uncertainty looms over future of Ukraine returnees; State Govt to engage with centre, Ukraine Govt

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Chief Minister Conrad Sangma on Friday said that the state Government will engage with the centre as well as with the Government of Ukraine through the Ministry of External Affairs to find a solution to the problems faced by the students ever since they returned from Russian invasion-hit Ukraine.

“We will do our best to engage with the Government of India and may be with the Government of Ukraine through the Ministry of External Affairs and Government of India to see what option we have for these students who are now facing the brunt of the war,” Chief Minister Conrad Sangma told reporters.

Many Indian students pursuing medical courses in Ukraine, who returned home following Russia’s invasion of that country in February, seem to be uncertain about going back to their universities.

While expecting that the situation in Ukraine improves, the Chief Minister said, “If the complication continues we have to engage with the Government of India and try to find a solution on how we can find options for the students.”

Meanwhile, Chief Minister Sangma has admitted that the medical colleges both in Shillong as well as Tura face hurdles as even after 50 years of statehood, Meghalaya is yet to have a medical college of its own.

“We are working now at a very fast pace to find a solution because we have a lot of complications with the Shillong as well as Tura Medical college,” he said.

 While the Shillong Medical College exists only on paper, the construction of the Tura Medical College has not made any significant progress.

“I recently had a review on that,” the CM added.

Interestingly, almost 10 years after the state government signed an MoU with a Kolkata-based firm for construction of the Shillong Medical College-cum-Hospital, the project is yet to officially commence.