Russia invites Indian students

Russian delegates at a presentation on "Higher Education for Indian Students in Russia" in New Delhi.  

WITH BILATERAL economic and commercial exchanges between India and Russia in the fields of space research, engineering, technology, bio-chemistry and medicine requiring a large number of well-trained personnel, the importance of Indian students receiving higher education in Russia was stressed at a multi-media presentation on "Higher Education for Indian Students in Russia: Realities and Prospects'' made by the Russian Centre of Science and Culture in New Delhi this past week.

Jointly organised by "Education Russia'', the presentation, dedicated to the Russian Educational Exhibition in India 2004 due to be held here on June 7, noted that the pursuance of higher studies in Russia by Indian students would not only enhance the cooperation but also promote mutually-beneficial relations and strategic partnership between the two countries.

It was pointed out that to promote the Russian universities a six-member team of educational experts drawn from different medical and technical universities and aviation and power engineering institutes would be visiting various Indian cities like Hyderabad, Bangalore, Chennai, Coimbatore and Ernakulam where besides addressing the media they will be holding educational exhibition featuring various aspects of higher education in Russia.

During the presentation, the Head of the Information and Culture Section of the Centre, Dr. Sergey V. Cherkas, said higher education in Russia was considered to be one of the most advanced in the world and was facilitated by faculties comprising highly qualified scientists and professors. As such, he said, India was no exception to the trend of students from other countries studying in Russian medical, engineering and other universities.

The presentation claimed that the higher education system in Russia was based on advanced and sophisticated teaching methods and was well-known, welcomed and accepted throughout the world for its elaborate and unique features duly recognised by the United Nations as well as medical councils of the leading countries. "Russian medical universities are some of the best ones (UNESCO and WHO have always rated them at a high level). And of the top medical universities, about 30 are from Russia,'' it said.

Also, the presentation sought to market the Russian universities well by claiming that the cost of higher education in Russia was much less than in the Western countries like the United States or the United Kingdom. The tuition fee ranges from 1,700 to 2,000 dollars per year for a medical course in Russian medium of instruction and between 2,300 and 7,000 dollars in the English medium. Likewise, it said, the engineering course costs between 1,200 and 3,600 dollars depending on the medium of instruction and the location of the academic institution.

By Gaurav Vivek Bhatnagar