Practical difficulties: Forced to return from China by Covid, medical graduates in limbo | Delhi News

New Delhi: Surya G from Tamil Nadu graduated from North Sichuan Medical University in China in 2020. As Covid-19 spread, he and other students were brought back. His studies continued online, but without practical work or internship. He was unable to return due to the Chinese government’s “Zero Covid policy”.
Although he passed the Medical Graduate Examination Abroad (FMGE), he remained inactive at home. Like him, nearly 23,000 students who entered Chinese medical schools in 2016, 2017 and 2018 are very worried.
Demanding that the Indian government make arrangements for these students to complete their internships, they staged a protest at Jantar Mantar on Sunday. Earlier, too, these students from across the country made several performances. Since their problems were not resolved, they staged a protest and a hunger strike.
“The only thing we ask is to make arrangements for our practical work. How to become a doctor without doing practical work or internships? Surya asked.
In China, medical studies last almost six years — five years of study and one year of internship. A large number of students go there because studying medicine is not expensive.
Shashank Srivastava, a 2018 new group at Nanjing Medical University, has already missed 2.5 years of practical work. “We didn’t attend a single course in surgery or pathology and missed almost 2.5 years of practical work. Our clinic starts in the third year and we have already missed it,” the Delhi-based student said. The tuition fee at his university is Rs 3.4 lakh per year. “Several students also get scholarships if they perform well,” he added.
Dressed in white coats and carrying stethoscopes, the students protested in the sweltering heat. There were also a large number of students from the North East and Kerala. Holding banners reading “Chinese FMG students want justice,” the protest was organized by the Indian Association of Medical Students and Foreign Parents.
Barani, a fourth-year student from Dali Medical University, said: “In our course, one-third of the study is practical, which means that if everything were normal, we would have spent 3 to 4 days in the laboratories. The National Medical Commission had allowed online classes due to the pandemic, but they said hands-on, clinical training was essential once colleges or universities reopen. Our university cannot do anything because of the policies of the Chinese government.

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