Russia-Ukraine Crisis: In the wake of the growing military crisis in Ukraine, thousands of stranded Indian students are in a state of panic in the war-torn country. While India’s efforts to evacuate its citizens from the battlefield under the government mission ‘Operation Ganga’ continue unabated, an important observation that emerges is: Why is Ukraine so popular among Indian medical students?
Here’s what you need to know
According to Ukraine’s Ministry of Education and Science, India has about 18,095 Indian students and by 2020, 24% of its foreign students were from India. The data further reveals that Ukraine ranks fourth in Europe for the highest number of undergraduate and postgraduate specializations in the medical field. State-run universities provide quality education at low cost. In comparison, the lesser known private medical colleges in India demand much higher fees. Medical colleges in Ukraine fill the vacancies for Indian students who feel they are unable to get seats in government colleges or cannot afford the heavy fees charged by non-governmental organizations in India.
In addition, unlike in India, no medical examination is conducted for the admission of medical students. The medium of instruction in Ukraine is English, so it serves as an additional advantage for not learning a foreign language while studying medicine.
This may include lower MBBS course fees charged by medical institutions in war-torn countries 330 lakhs- Rs 35 lakhs, compared to almost 31 crore (including grants) has been charged in India, according to Hindustan Times Report
Anup Devtale, an MBBS second-year student at Bukovinian State Medical University (BSMU) in the city of Chernivtsi in Ukraine, said. Hindustan Times“I came from a rural area of Sangli district and my dream was to become a doctor. My parents are farmers and we can’t afford high fees here in India, we decided to go abroad, that’s why I came back to India last week. “
Dr. Sudarshan Gherde, President of the Foreign Medical Association of India (FMAI), said, “Ukrainian and Russian medical colleges are even recognized by the World Health Organization (WHO). Degrees are very valid in India because they are recognized by the Indian Medical Council (MCI). These medical degrees are also recognized worldwide; In particular, the European Council of Medicine, other global organizations and the General Medical Council of the United Kingdom support these students for more opportunities. “
In addition, upon returning to India, students take their Foreign Medical Graduates Exam (FMGE) to obtain a license to practice medicine in India. Students can work in state and central government or take part in UPSC and MPSC competitive examinations or get medical and non-medical opportunities in government as officers.
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