Awards and certificates were distributed to about 40 Indian graduates from Stavropol State Medical Academy and similar medical institutions of Russia and other former Soviet Republics for clearing the state screening test and their exemplary performance in studies and social services.
The awards were handed over at the Doctors-Students-Parents Meet, organized by the All-India Foreign Medical Graduates Association (AIFMGA) at the Constitution Club in New Delhi on November 16, 2012.
The meeting was addressed by the Chief Guest Mr. Oscar Fernandes, Chairman, Parliamentary Standing Committee-HRD, General Secretary, All-India Congress Committee.
Mr. J. M. Haroon Rasheed, M.P; Prof. (Dr.) Valentina Muravyeva, Rector, Stavropol State Medical Academy, Russia; Dr. Ameer Jahan, Patron & Advisor, AIFMGA, also addressed the gathering.
The speakers were unanimous in emphasising the easing of mandatory formalities of clearing the recognition of medical graduates from Russia in order to relieve them of the difficulties they encounter now.
Prof. Stoyana V. Znamenskaya, Dean, Stavropol Medical Academy, and Prof. Aleksandr Muravyev, HOD, Stavropol State Medical Academy, and Ms. Yelena S. Shtapkina, Deputy Director (Culture & Information), Russian Centre of Science and Culture, also participated in the function.
Addressing a large gathering of doctors, students qualified from different medical institutions of Russia, including the Stavropol State Medical Academy, parents and others, Mr. Oscar Fernandes lauded the success achieved by Indian students in the Russian academy at a time India faces great shortage of doctors, particularly in the rural areas. He felt proud of the fact that the Indian graduates from the Russian medical institutions expressed their willingness to work in the remote villages of the country. Two years of medical practice in the rural areas may become mandatory to all young doctors, including those with foreign degrees and diplomas. Pointing out that he had already spoken to Union Minister Mr. Gulam Nabi Azad on the issue, he promised all efforts to facilitate the mandatory formalities of recognition of Russian medical degrees and materialisation of jobs for the Indian graduates. Mr. Fernandes appreciated the services of Stavropol Medical Academy contributing to strengthening of Indo-Russian relations.
Offering over-all support to the legitimate needs of Indian graduates from Russian medical academy, Mr. J. M. Haroon Rasheed declared his resolve to take up with matter with the ministry concerned on redressing the grievances of Indian students.
Narrating the hard labour and financial commitments fulfilled by Indian students in acquiring a medical degree with their willingness to work in villages, Dr. Ameer Jahan hailed their immense contribution to consolidating bilateral friendship and cooperation.
Registering the outstanding performance demonstrated by Indian students in their medical studies, Prof. (Dr.) Valentina Muravyeva expressed the view that they excelled not only in studies, but also in cultural and other extra-curricular activities making the Academy proud. She noted that students from 33 countries all over the world study in the Academy, and there are 500 students from Indian this year. The Indian students were first admitted to the Stavropol State Medical Academy in 1961. Prof. Muravyeva expressed gratitude to the parents of the students for their willingness to send their children to the Academy for higher studies.