The Consulate General of the Russian Federation will organise a free counselling programme here on Wednesday for admission to medical and engineering courses in Russia for the academic year 2011-12. Representatives from the Russian Centre of Science and Culture, Chennai, will meet aspiring students and their parents at Hotel Madurai Residency between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m.

According to Tatiana Perova, Deputy Director, Cultural Centre of Russian Consulate, Russia provided excellent and unique educational facilities for students. The cost of higher education in Russia was much cheaper than in counties such as the US and UK. Admission to bachelor degree programmes was based on the 12th standard marks and there was no pre-qualifying examination.

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.