Kuki medical students can attend online, hybrid classes in college outside Imphal

With Kuki students from Manipur not being able to attend their classes due to the ongoing tensions in the state, the National Medical Commission (NMC), the apex medical education regulator, on Wednesday allowed the displaced students to attend classes in online or hybrid mode at Churachandpur Medical College – the only one located outside Meitei-dominated Imphal.

Officials from the NMC board on undergraduate medical education visited Imphal on Wednesday and interacted with state authorities and heads of all four medical colleges in the state.

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“State authorities may also make arrangement for utilisation of displaced faculties at Churachandpur Medical College,” the NMC said.

The letter to the Manipur health department said that the state authorities must ensure that the students are able to complete their practical training at district hospitals. The examinations for the displaced students should also be conducted at the same college. Special classes have to be arranged for any deficiencies in attendance and internal assessments that have happened so far.

The medical education regulator added that the arrangement is “temporary in nature” and cannot be considered a transfer or migration as “there is no provision of transfer/migration in regulations”.

Festive offer

This provision will be applicable for a year or till the situation becomes normal, whichever is earlier. “Permission so granted is specific to a specific situation and may not be taken as precedent at all,” the regulator said.

There are three medical colleges in Imphal – the central government-run Regional Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS), the state government-run Jawaharlal Nehru Institute of Medical Sciences (JNIMS), and the private Shija Academy of Health Sciences (SAHS). The government-run college in Churachandpur is newly established with the first batch admitted in 2022.