Places in state colleges, special fees: Mamata Banerjee insures students returning to Ukraine

All state students who returned from Ukraine after the Russian invasion will be accommodated in the state’s public and private medical colleges, Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said today. The state also offered financial aid to students. Interns will be allowed to continue their internship in government colleges after being counselled, she said.

Engineering students were questioned about their choices and demands by the Chief Minister. They asked for financial assistance to be transferred to Canada. Medical students have asked the state for financial aid for re-admission to private institutions because the fees are very high or for government quotas for places in these colleges. Few said they were willing to study in public institutions in Kolkata. Almost everyone raised their hands when Mamata Banerjee asked how many wanted to study in Bengal.

First-year students will be offered new admissions to medical schools, the chief minister said, adding that she will ask private medical schools to allow second- and third-year students to enroll students if the National Medical Council permits. The state will also write to the medical board to allow fourth, fifth and sixth year students to practice in the state, she said.

Almost everyone raised their hands when Mamata Banerjee asked how many wanted to study in Bengal (Twitter/@SumitPa93606292)

“We are sending our proposal to Delhi Medical Council. If they allow our decisions, students in other states will also benefit. So let the cat ring,” said Mamata Banerjee.

Hoping that the National Medical Council would approve her proposals, she said, “Why should the Medical Council oppose our proposal? But if they do, I’ll lead you all to them.

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Engineering students who returned from Ukraine will also be accommodated in colleges across the state, the chief minister assured.

Those admitted to private medical schools will have to pay according to the fee structure of public institutes. The remaining amount will be borne by the state, she said.

Students who have returned from Ukraine in the midst of a full-scale war will be covered by the student credit card scheme through which they can avail student loans of up to Rs 10 lakh at minimum interest rates .

Mamata Banerjee was interacting with the 391 students evacuated from Ukraine.

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