Forced to return from war-torn Yemen, 2 Indian medical aspirants stare at bleak future
Amid escalating tension in Yemen, two Indian sisters, who had enrolled in a medical college there under Indo-Yemen cultural exchange in a scholarship programme, returned home in 2015 on the advice of the Indian Embassy. Medical courses in Yemen are of six years, and in 2015 the duo had been in the fifth year at the Hadramout College of Medicine, with only one more year left to fulfill their dream of being a doctor, media reported. Today, even after one and a half years, the sisters from Yemen haven’t been able to enroll in any Indian college to complete their course.
Manisha and Luci Prasad, natives of Darbhanga, Bihar, had enrolled in a medical college of Yemen under Indo-Yemen cultural exchange in a scholarship programme.
With Al-Qaeda and ISIS creating tense war-like conditions in Yemen, they were advised by the Indian Embassy to move back to India. Between war cries, bullets and bombs, along with many other Indians they left Yemen in haste. The situation in Yemen kept on getting worse, and the career of these girls came to a standstill as they haven’t been able to enroll in any Indian medical college due to Medical Council of India’s (MCI) rules and regulations.
From past one and a half years, the duo has been struggling to complete their last year of their medical course in an Indian Medical college, with no luck. They have contacted every possible authority, ranging from Bihar government to Centre, with no results. In the end, they appealed to Delhi High Court.
In Bihar’s Chief Minister Nitish Kumar’s Janta Durbar, they were assured of getting admission in a state medical college, but all hopes have been going down with no support of the MCI. In such situations, no response from the Centre and MCI has been a cause of worry for the Prasad family.
The father of duo, Umesh Prasad is an English Professor in Hadramout University of Science and Technology, Yemen. Talking to a news channel, he said the same situations arose in 2011, and with President’s approval, the MCI had agreed to give admission to the girls, but situation in Yemen improved and girls left to continue their studies in Yemen.
He added that Hadramout College of Medicine is a well-known college of Yemen, recognised by institutions like USMLE, GMC and WHO. Migration in the final year is allowed in India, and the admission here would save their career. In addition to that, he alleged that many Indian colleges have empty seats in final year and his daughters can easily be admitted there, but they are suffering because of red-tapism and interference by MCI.
The sisters have contacted President, Prime Minister along with Ministers of Health, Education and External affairs in this regard, with no action.
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