As promised by Lieutenant General Dr Madhuri Kanitkar, PVSM, AVSM, Vice-Chancellor of Maharashtra University of Health Sciences (MUHS), the University has prepared an online study module for Ukraine-returned students. It will be launched on Thursday by Medical Education Minister Amit Deshmukh who is also the Pro-Chancellor of MUHS. During her Nagpur visit, Dr Kanitkar had said that university was working on designing a clinical training module for these students. That module, too, is likely to be created.
“Around 2,000 students of Maharashtra had gone to Ukraine. Since they did not appear in National Eligibility Entrance Test, they cannot be accommodated by MUHS. But leaving them to their fate, too, was not a wise idea. We then decided to create such modules which will be optional for the students, so that they will not stay away from their studies for longer duration,” said Dr Kanitkar.
Attributing the credit to Deshmukh, Dr Kanitkar said, “Creating digital content could not have been possible without the minister and Government’s support. There was a fear that students would face academic loss due to war in Ukraine. So, MUHS took an initiative for which we got support from Elsevier. This module will provide education to students.”
Dr Kalidas Chavan, Registrar of MUHS made it clear, “This is a stop-gap arrangements and to get the facility of online module, students have to register themselves on www.muhs.ac.in. University will
provide digital content to the registered students free of cost. We are doing this
out of social responsibility. Students taking advantage of the facility can not claim any certificate for completion of the course.”
This module is a learning management system where tutorials and lectures will be available on different topics. Of course MUHS has made one more arrangement according to which students will not only get content on different topics but the facility of self-assessment too has made available.
“We are aware that medical training can not be given online. This online content was created with the thought that the students should remain in touch with medical education,” explained Dr Kanitkar.
Responding to the appeal by MUHS, over 1,000 students responded and sought help from university. Now MUHS is also planning to create a clinical training module for these students. These students may not find the clinical training as it is unlikely to match with what they were supposed to receive at Ukraine. But it may help them in preparing for FMGE (Foreign Medical Graduate Examination). Students acquiring medical degree from abroad have to clear FMGE.