Despite 97%, he couldn't get a medical seat in India: Father of Indian killed in Ukraine

WION Web Team
NEW DELHIUpdated: Mar 02, 2022, 12:34 PM IST
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Naveen Shekharappa Photograph:(Zee News Network)

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The father of Naveen Shekharappa, the Indian student who was killed in a Russian rocket attack on the Ukrainian city of Kharkiv on Tuesday, has said that his son was a topper who was forced to go abroad as he could not get a medical seat in India 'due to the system'.

On Tuesday, an Indian student was killed by Russian shelling in the war-torn Ukrainian city of Kharkiv.

Naveen Shekharappa Gyanagoudar had gone to a nearby store to make a purchase.

His friend later received a call from a local authority informing him that Naveen had died. 

The 21-year-old's father, after his son's death, said that "despite scoring 97 per cent in PUC, my son could not secure a medical seat in State. To get a medical seat one has to give crores of rupees, and students are getting the same education abroad spending less money."


Naveen Shekharappa was a native of Karnataka's Haveri district. 

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The Indian student, who lost his life in shelling, was pursuing MBBS in Ukraine's Kharkiv National Medical University for the past six years.

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Kharkiv is the second biggest city in Ukraine and under heavy Russian attack.

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(With inputs from agencies)