Affordable Cost of Medical Education, World Expo Drives Karnataka Students to Ukraine – The New Indian Express

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UDUPI: In these times of conflict between Ukraine and Russia, many are praying for the safe relocation of Indians stranded in eastern Ukraine to other safer neighboring countries like Romania and Hungary. Among the stranded people, there are more students studying in different universities like City National Medical University, Kharkiv National Medical University, Ivano-Fran Kivsk National Medical University, among others.

Apart from the fact that this Eastern European nation is home to many world-class universities providing quality education, what drives Indian students especially to enroll there for medical education is the slightly ‘affordable’ cost of a six-year course.

Melwyn Fernandes, father of Glenwill Fernandes, an MBBS student from Kemmannu, Udupi whose son is pursuing his first year MBBS at Town National Medical University told TNIE that the government of Karnataka should, in the long term, ensure that the cost of medical education is gradually defusing. “While the wealthy can afford a medical education in Karnataka, middle class families send their children to Ukraine in the hope that their children will receive a good education through globally perceived ideas.

The cost of medical training if the seat is not obtained by NEET in Karnataka will be Rs 60 lakh for five and a half years course. While the university in Ukraine where my son chose to study charges Rs 35 lakh to Rs 40 lakh including two way fighting fee per year for six years. As I worked in a hospital in Dubai, I thought Ukraine was a better option for my son, he said.

Vijay P Rao, an academician from Adi Udupi who has traveled extensively abroad to speak to TNIE, described the situation as quite disconcerting. The trend among students who do not have access to reasonable medical education in India tends to travel to former USSR countries to pursue MBBS is a bit shocking. “It is amazing that a country our size cannot provide access to medical education at a reasonable cost,” he said.

Glenwill Fernandes and others who are stranded sheltering in a bunker to battle the 4 degree Celsius cold told their parents that officials at the Indian Embassy in Kyiv had yet to contact them on Saturday .

Helen D. Jessen