The number of students from Bengal moving to Russia to pursue undergraduate medical courses have been increasing as it is affordable to study at government medical universities.
The Rus Education, in association with Russian Centre of Science and Culture, culture department of the Embassy of the Russian Federation in India, held an education fair at Gorky Sadan near Minto Park. Elena Barman, the head of the education department in the Embassy’s cultural department interacted with NEET qualifiers and told them why they should seek admission in a Russian medical university to study MBBS.
“We have been getting 80 to 85 students on average every year for the past two years for MBBS courses in the Russian medical universities that are funded by the government,” Barman who came from Delhi said, “Prior to that the average count was 50. The prospect of studying at an affordable cost with the best of infrastructure has triggered the rise in interest.”
A Russian medical college charges for the entire course is what a university in the US or the UK charges a foreign student every year, one of the organisers of the fair said. Many students who were present at the fair said, affordability was the “main factor”.
“Given my rank in NEET, it would cost me Rs 60 lacs to pursue MBBS in a private medical university in India. The cost in the US or the UK is equally phenomenal, if not more,” Sarani Batabyal, who came from Hooghly district, said. “So, I will opt for either Perm State Medical University or Mari State University where the cost would be around Rs 23 lacs for a course of more than five years.”
Students who wish to pursue MBBS in Russia are required to clear Foreign Medical Graduate Examination to be able to practise as a physician in India.
Several students who are presently studying in Russian medical universities also attended the fair to explain to visiting students the advantages of studying in Russia. Soumajyoti Mukherjee, a student from Calcutta who is in his second year at Orenburg State Medical University said,
“My university has the state-of-the-art infrastructure for studying anatomy. It organises events like Durga Puja, Diwali so that students feel at home.”