Hyderabad: Medical courses are being offered for Rs 19 lakh in Armenia and Georgia in eastern Europe to Indian students. More than 4,000 students have got a medical degree from these countries. They have to write a medical exam to get clearance to practice in India.
Dr Ravinder Reddy, chairman of the AP Medical Council, said, “Every student who gets a medical education abroad has to write the exam. The exemption is given only for Canada, the UK and Australia.”
China and Russia are cheaper but students have to learn medicine in the local language. In Eastern Europe, the medium of teaching is English. Infrastructure, hostel facilities and the curriculum are in sync with the pattern provided by the Medical Council of India.
Dr Manohar Reddy, professor at a private medical college, said, “The teaching colleges is objective and protocol based. The flip side is that they do not see a large pool of patients in their student life. Hence the ability to manage patients and handle stress is limited. It takes a lot of time for these doctors to adjust. For this reason, most opt to work in the UAE or head to the US.”