To mark the occasion of 'Russia Day', which is the national day of the Russian Federation last month, universities in the country have officially announced admission procedures and scholarship quotas for meritorious Indian students in both medical and engineering courses. If prospective Indian medical students cannot get a seat in their own country, the Russian government presents a unique opportunity for these aspirants to seek admission to the MBBS and post-graduatemedical courses in Peoples Friendship University of Russia (Moscow) , I.M. Sechenov Moscow Medical Academy , St. Petersburg I.P. Pavlov State Medical University , Ryazan State I.P. Pavlov Medical University , Nizhny Novgorod State Medical University , Mari State Technical University (MarSTU) , Astrakhan State Medical University, Tambov State University, Saratov State Medical University, Tver State Medical Academy in Russia.
It is reported that thousands of students from all over India successfully graduate from premier universities in Russiaeach year and over the last 15-20 years in particular, thenumber of international students coming to the Russian Federation has risen by leaps and bounds.
For ensuring safety and transparency, the Consulate General of the Russian Federation in India has recognised 'EDURUSSIA' as the authorised admission department of the Russian state and government universities in India and apart from being the authorised information and admission centre, EDURUSSIA also functions as the office of the International Students Department of Russian government universities in India. Eligibility for admission to the medical courses as per the rules of the Medical Council of India is a 50 per cent aggregate in Physics, Chemistry and Biology at the Class XII Higher Secondary (10+2) level in case of the general category while the requirement for the reserved category student is 40 percent.
While the fees for an MBBS course in the Russian Federation would cost about the same as that in India, the crucial difference is that there are no donation/capitation fees in Russia and hence such a course (known internationally as M.D. Physician) would involve a total outgoing of approximately Rs. 12-15 lakhs inclusive of everything such as course fees, accommodation, travel and medical insurance. An Indian student desiring to pursue and MBBS degree abroad has to collect and 'eligibility certificate' from the Medical Council of India and needs to complete his MBBS course only from a university recognised by the Indian Embassy located in the destination country. And if a studentwishes to return and practise in India , he or she would be required to pass qualifying test known as a screening test. This is a universal rule applicable to all students.
Mr. Manoj Patki of EDURUSSIA says that sometimes, misinformation spread by unauthorised agents does create confusion in the minds of many parents and students apart from giving the entire Russian education system a bad name. Indian students who have completed their MBBS from Russian universities do not face any problems appearing for the screening test in India and especially since the late 1990s, alarge number of students have been returning to India after completing their course in Russia. In fact, more than 3000 students guided by EDURUSSIA are now successful practicing doctors not only in India but all over the globe. "This is because we keep the universities up to date with the syllabus of the screening test and they prepare our students from the first year itself." He pointed out that an additional bonus was that students who finished their MBBS in Russiacould practise and settle down in any European country and can do so without any entrance exam or screening test. The Russian Federation is a signatory to the 'Bologna Convention' for Equivalence of Education. Thus, a degree obtained in Russia would enable one to practise anywhere, not only in Europe but also in the Middle East and the degree is also eligible for USMLE registration in the US, PLAB registration in the UK and registration with the Australian Medical Council (AMC).
Mr. Patki notes that at least over the last 15 years more girls than boys have been enlisting for courses like the MBBS and BDS and post-graduate courses in the Russian Federation. It is a safe and secure environment for students and the living standards there are comparable to the best in Europe. He reveals that the advantages of doing an MBBS course in Russia are many and include a huge infrastructure with world class laboratories, libraries, study-rooms, playgrounds and recreational facilities, personalised attention with only 8-12 students per class and a globally practised style of teaching with year-round tests. Indeed, Russia is a tried and testeddestination for an Indian student as far as higher medical education is concerned he adds.
Interested students can obtain additional information by contacting the universities' admission and processing department in India at EDURUSSIA's Mumbai head office at the following telephone numbers: (+91) 9920868727 / 9769559855 / (0)2265295354 / (0)2265174444 or one may apply through the website www.edurussia.in.