Bhartesh Singh Thakur
Chandigarh, February 26
Low merit in the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET), a test to get an MBBS seat, and cheaper medical education are the reason why Indian students opt for medical education in Ukraine, Russia and other countries. other breakaway states from the USSR to become a doctor.
They apply through agents who have ties to medical schools or universities in those foreign countries. Some students even pay their annual dues through these agents. After returning home, these foreign medical graduates must pass the National Medical Commission (NMC) National Exit Test to practice in India.
Utkarsh Mehta from Hisar is a third-year student at Kyiv Medical University. He managed to return on February 14. Speaking to The Tribune, he said: “Education in Ukraine is cheaper than private medical schools here. It will cost me around Rs 25 lakh for six years including fees and accommodation. He qualified for the NEET but was not on the government college merit list. He obtained 82% in class XII. “Many students opt for Russia, Tajikistan, the Philippines, Ukraine and even China,” he added.
As per a notification from the state government, dated January 12, tuition fees in private medical colleges affiliated with Rohtak Pt BD Sharma University of Health Sciences are Rs 12 lakh per year with a annual increase of 7.5%. With an upper limit of Rs 75,000 per year, the hostel fee stands at Rs 73.5 lakh for five years. In addition, there are university fees, examination fees, refundable university security of Rs 2 lakh, library fees, and sports and medical fees.
Tuition fee for MBBS at SGT University, Gurugram is Rs 18 lakh per year while at Al-Falah University, Faridabad is Rs 65.50 lakh for five years inclusive of fees tuition and development costs. According to Maharishi Markandeshwar (Deemed University), Ambala, MBBS fees in 2021-22 are Rs 15.50 lakh per year with an annual increase of 10%.
However, at Maharaja Agrasen Medical College (MAMC), Hisar, which is a government-subsidized medical college, it is Rs 2.19 lakh per year. In government colleges, the tuition fee is Rs 61,410 and with an annual increase of 10% and other fees, one has to pay Rs 80,000 for the first year.
Bhawna de Rohtak, a fifth-year student at Donetsk Medical University, said, “You end up paying Rs 1 crore in a private college in India while in Ukraine my fee is Rs 3.5 lakh per year. For a six-year course, this equates to Rs 21 lakh and adding accommodation costs, it will rise to around Rs 25 lakh,” she said while speaking from Ukraine on the phone.
Vice-Chancellor (VC) of SGT University, OP Kalra said, “Students who are not selected from government colleges in India are moving to Ukraine and other breakaway states of the USSR.” “Before, people went to the USSR. After its breakup, students started opting for breakaway states from the USSR,” said Anita Saxena, University of Health Sciences Pt BD Sharma.