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Medical field, have traditionally been high on the priority list of our students. However, equally high, in terms of ‘difficulty’ has been obtaining a seat, which now seems to be getting tougher and tougher each year. A high score on the final school leaving exam is a prerequisite for winning a medical seat. Therefore, the smart guys start preparing for this exam much in advance – perhaps even as early as when they enter their 10th or 11th standard at school. It is not an uncommon sight to see students slogging it out, spending one sleepless night after another, keeping a medical seat in mind. However, it is not all over with it because there is the entrance exam, next. Students could be seen hammering away at their preparations for this exam as well, with some going to institutes for coaching. After all this, that is, after the school leaving and the entrance exams, they look forward to their results with bated breath. Next, even after putting up an impressive performance and coming off with flying colours they keep their fingers crossed for a seat that may or may not come their way. When such is the case with high scorers the plight of those with moderate scores is anybody’s guess! The rough and tumble of final the selection depends on a variety of factors – not to exclude reservations and quotas. Thus, even after a grueling wait and in spite of a high score, they do not seem to have anything guaranteed for them.

The Alternative

While there are enough alternative country options like China, Philippines, Ukraine, Russia, North, south, Central America etc..., for medical studies aspirants. It may be unfair to call it just an ‘alternative’ since it could very well be the ‘preference’, as it has been in many cases, especially from the point of view of cost. First of all, there is no capitation fee, and on a rough estimate the entire cost of an MBBS Degree between Rs.15 Lakhs to Rs.35 lakhs and that for a Master’s degree, around Rs.4-6 Lakhs. What more, this includes the living cost as well! (It may please be noted that this figure subject to change).

In any case, before deciding upon the country or the University for Medical Studies in particular, there are certain points to be taken into account, the first being, whether the degree is recognised by Medical Council of India (MCI). Not all foreign medical degrees are recognised by MCI and only if the degree is recognised will the degree holder be allowed to sit foreign medical graduate examination (Screening Test) conducted by Medical Council of India and practise as a doctor after successfully completion screening test in India.

The next point would be whether the university is recognised by the World Health Organisation (WHO). This can be ascertained by looking into the World Directory Of Medical Institutions, brought out by none other than WHO itself. This directory sets out a list of medical institutions around the world. Then there are the other considerations like cost, accommodation, visa, etc. as usual. The universities we are representing are recognised by several world bodies including the MCI and WHO.

Medical Institutions

There are state run universities as well as private universities of international recognition, offering a wide range of medical and paramedical courses, at various levels. As for the medium of instruction, MBBS (MD) courses are taught in English and some others in their regional language. For those courses that are taught in English, there is no need or compulsion to know their language. All the same, supplementary language sessions are available, at no extra cost, for those who desire to learn, out of their own self interest. The study facilities being excellent and complete with ultramodern equipment, techniques, etc., the medical universities and institutions welcome a good number of international students, every year, from various countries across the globe, including India.