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Aspirants interact with representatives of its universities

options galore:Students and parents enquiring about universities in Russia at an education fair in city on Wednesday.— Photo: K. Ganesan
options galore:Students and parents enquiring about universities in Russia at an education fair in city on Wednesday.— Photo: K. Ganesan

The Russian Centre for Science and Culture, the cultural department of the Consulate General of the Russian Federation in Chennai, organised a campaign here at Madurai Residency on Wednesday to create an awareness of education opportunities available in engineering and medical universities in Russia.

The free counselling programme was for admissions to medical and engineering courses in Russia for the academic year 2011-12. Aspiring students came with their parents and had discussions with the representatives from the Russian Centre of Science and Culture, Chennai.

The list of universities that participated in the fair include Volgograd State Medical University, Volgograd, Tver State Medical Academy, Tver, Peoples' Friendship University of Russia, Moscow, Tomsk Polytechnic University, Tomsk, Moscow Power Engineering Institute( Technical University), Moscow, Moscow Aviation Institute(Technical University), Moscow. The Russian Federations have some of the finest medical institutions in the world and among the top 100 positions, 30 are occupied by Russian medical universities said, Rodion A. Kudrin, Director of Contract Office, Volgograd State Medical University.

For admission to a medical course, a minimum of 50 per cent marks in physics, chemistry, and biology is required and it is 40 per cent in the case of SC/ST and OBC students, as per the norms prescribed by the Medical Council of India. For engineering courses, it is a minimum of 40 per cent in higher secondary examination.

Russian medical universities offer an M.D. degree, which is equivalent to M.B.B.S. in India. The duration of the medical course is six years in English medium and seven years in Russian medium, as Russian medium students undergo one-year intense preparatory-cum-preliminary study in Russian.

Mr. A. Kudrin also added that for those looking to pursue their dream of higher studies in medicine aboard, an opportunity has presented itself from Russia in the form of an offer from Volgograd State Medical University. The six-year course will be taught in English.

Those having cleared standard XII with 50 per cent in physics, chemistry and biology can apply. Students waiting for results can also apply. Volgograd State Medical University is one of the nine universities recognised by Medical Council of India.

The other universities are Moscow Medical Academy, Moscow; People's Friendship University, Moscow; I.P. Pavlov State Medical Academy, St. Petersburg, Stavropol State Medical Academy, Stavropol; Tver State Medical Academy, Tver; Rostov State Medical University, and Kuban State Medical Academy, Krasnadar. Once students complete the six-year course, which includes the internship period, they can come back and appear for the screening test of the Medical Council of India. Following this, they should undertake another year of internship before which they will be eligible to practise in India. Every year close to one hundred students go to Russia for higher education from the Consulate General of the Russian Federation Office in Chennai and overall from India every year 300 students go to Russia, said, C. Suresh Babu, Director, Study Abroad Educational Consultants.

Technical courses such as astrophysics and aerospace engineering are also in demand, said representatives of the universities.

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