Graduation ceremony of 86 Indian girl medical students from war-torn Ukraine held in Hyderabad

HYDERABAD, APR 2 (UNI):- Sardor Rustambaev, Uzbekistan's Ambassador to India, Dr Nageswara Reddy, Chairman, AIG Hospitals, Dr Divya Raj Reddy, Managing Director of Neo Institute of Medical Sciences presenting MBBS Degrees to Students who Complete MBBS Degrees occasion of the graduation ceremony of Indian medical students from war-torn Ukraine at AIG Hospital Gachibowli in Hyderabad on Tuesday. UNI PHOTO-116U

HYDERABAD, Apr 2 : The graduation ceremony of 86 girls out of 210 medical students from 10 Indian states who received their degree from Ukraine despite a prolonged war, was held at AIG Hospital here on Tuesday.

In a remarkable testament to resilience and international cooperation, 210 students, including 86 determined young women, have triumphed over adversity to complete their MBBS degrees despite the chaos of the Ukraine-Russia conflict.

Facilitated by Neo Consultancy and supported by a consortium of government bodies and institutions, these students, initially enrolled at Zaporizhzhia State Medical University in Ukraine, faced uncertainty and peril when war erupted. However, through concerted efforts and collaboration, they found sanctuary and opportunity in Uzbekistan, enabling them to fulfil their academic ambitions.

The harrowing journey began when the conflict erupted, leaving the students stranded and fearful for their lives.

Recognising the urgency of the situation, Hyderabad-based Neo Institute of Medical Sciences (NIMS), in coordination with the National Medical Commission (NMC) and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Uzbekistan, orchestrated a bold plan to relocate the students to Uzbekistan. This endeavour, endorsed by both Indian and Uzbekistani authorities, ensured the continuation of their medical education at Bukhara State Medical Institute.

Lauding the collaborative efforts that made this feat possible, Dr. Divya Raj Reddy, Managing Director of Neo Institute of Medical Sciences and Indian Representative of the Uzbekistan Health Ministry, emphasised the crucial role played by governmental agencies and institutions in navigating the complex logistical and bureaucratic challenges posed by the conflict.

Dr. Reddy underscored the unwavering determination of the students, who persisted in their studies despite the upheaval and uncertainty.

Speaking at the graduation ceremony, which served as a poignant celebration of perseverance and achievement, Sardor Rustambaev, Ambassador of Uzbekistan to India, commended the students for their resilience and applauded the collaborative spirit that transcended borders.

He expressed pride in Uzbekistan’s role in supporting the student’s journey to success and extended heartfelt congratulations to all involved.

The ceremony also witnessed the participation of esteemed figures such as Rajya Sabha MP and BJP OBC Morcha National President Dr. K. Laxman; AIG Hospitals Chairman Padmabhushan Dr. Nageswara Reddy; AP Telugu Language Commission Chairman and former RTI Commissioner P. Vijaya Babu; Uzbekistan Embassy First Secretary S. Suyarov; Uzbekistan Embassy Counsellor I. Soliev; NIMS CEO Dr. BVK Raj; and AIG Hospitals Vice-President Sandeep Sahoo. (UNI)