Relief for Indian students, Ukrainian medical universities start online courses – Edexlive


Several Ukrainian medical universities have launched online courses, giving a ray of hope to Indian students who feared a bleak future after fleeing the war-torn country amid a fierce Russian military offensive. However, some students fear that they will not be able to attend the practical lessons.

Several medical universities, mostly located in western Ukraine, started online classes from March 14, as holding in-person classes in Ukraine became impossible amid continuous shelling by Russian forces. Other universities also planned to resume online classes in the coming days, the students said. Danylo Halytsky Lviv National Medical University, Ivano-Frankivsk National Medical University, Vinnytsia Pirogov National Medical University and Bogomolets National Medical University started from now on.

Indian students said their teachers were taking lessons from their homes or in safe places amid the continuous shelling. Kanishk, a first-year student at Danylo Halytsky Lviv National Medical University, said he was relieved that classes had resumed. “Something is better than nothing. I am happy that classes have finally resumed. We were really worried about what would happen to our future now that Ukraine is engaged in a war with Russia,” Kanishk told PTI.

Kanishk said he and other students received notice from the dean’s office about resuming classes from March 14. “As of today, the university is functioning and is ready to resume online teaching,” the notification read. Another freshman, Manogya, called it a “very emotional” moment. “The teachers got very emotional. We chatted a bit about the war. They taught us from hiding places and safe places. I’m glad the lessons have resumed,” she told PTI. Giving details of the classes, she said, “We had four classes yesterday from 12:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Today, too, we have several classes. The timetable has been provided to us. It’s good and I I am happy to see the effort of the teachers even in these times.”

Thousands of Indian students had to abandon their studies halfway through and flee Ukraine following the Russian offensive. As part of the Indian government’s “Operation Ganga”, more than 20,000 Indian students have already been brought back from Ukraine. “We know that (online courses) are not enough. But it’s even better because finally we can resume our studies,” said Kinjal Chauhan, a medical student from Vinnytsia National Pirogov.

Students have also been informed that their exams will also be conducted online. “We will have vivas daily with a daily test at a site called Misa,” Manogya said. Kharkiv National Medical University is expected to start online classes from March 21. “Our university has announced that online classes will start from March 21. It is good news that classes are resuming,” Aousaf Hussain (25), a student from the university said.

However, a major concern among students is still not being able to attend practical classes. “Practical lessons have not been held so far. Teachers give presentations and show us slides to ensure maximum understanding. They also record videos of chemical reactions so that we can understand better,” Kanishk said. .

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