Union Minister Pralhad Joshi’s feedback on college students learning overseas “after failing to qualify” in aggressive exams in India drew a pointy response from the grieving father of Naveen Shekharappa Gyanagoudar, who was killed in Russian shelling in Ukraine’s Kharkiv yesterday.
Naveen, 21, was an clever pupil who merely couldn’t afford to check medication in India and so went to Ukraine, mentioned his father Shekharappa Gyanagoudar, talking to NDTV at his residence in Karnataka’s Chalageri.
Pralhad Joshi, the Parliamentary Affairs Minister, had made the controversial assertion in response to a query on Indian college students learning in Ukraine. Greater than 9,000 have been flown again as Russia continues its invasion of Ukraine, however tens of 1000’s stay in cities like Kyiv and Kharkiv, ready for an opportunity to flee whereas hiding in bunkers, underground metro stations and basements.
“Ninety per cent of Indians who research medication overseas fail to clear qualifying exams in India,” Mr Joshi instructed reporters in Chalageri on Tuesday, however added that it was “not the suitable time to debate why college students are shifting out to check medication”.
He additionally mentioned those that accomplished their medical diploma overseas needed to move the International Medical Graduates Examination to practise in India.
The remarks landed in the course of an intense debate on social media over these “unable to clear” the all-India medical entrance examination going to Ukraine. Many argued that India doesn’t have sufficient medical seats to accommodate all deserving candidates.
Reacting to the minister’s remark, Naveen’s father mentioned: “The donation could be very excessive for these wanting to check medication right here. Clever college students will go overseas to check, and so they spend a lesser quantity when in comparison with Karnataka. Right here, a pupil should pay in crores to get a medical seat beneath quota.”
Naveen secured 97 per cent in his college exams, Mr Gyanagoudar identified.
Siddappa, a relative of Naveen, mentioned for the reason that household had monetary constraints, Ukraine was among the many extra viable choices earlier than the household.
The household didn’t need to “purchase a administration quota seat”. However all relations pooled in cash to ship Naveen to Ukraine so he may chase his dream of turning into a health care provider.
“They arrive from a really poor background. His father labored for a personal firm. After he stop, he got here again to the village. Shekharappa and Naveen’s mom all the time wished their son to develop into a health care provider. All of us contributed cash to ship him to Ukraine,” mentioned Siddappa.
Naveen knew early that he wished to take up medication, however he could not get admission, he mentioned. “Because the medical seat beneath administration quota could be very costly right here, he selected to pursue MBBS in Ukraine for a lot much less cash. Naveen took the choice to check in Ukraine” added Siddappa.
That dream was abruptly lower brief yesterday when Naveen was killed in Russian bombing whereas shopping for meals provides in Kharkiv.