The annual Russian Educational Fair, the seventeenth of the series, organized by the Russian Centre of Science and Culture in association with Rus Education, was held on May 15, 2016, at the RCSC in the Capital.
Fifteen leading Russian Government Higher Educational Institutions, including medical and engineering universities, participated in the Fair – Tver State Medical University, Southern Federal University, Orenburg State Medical University, Smolensk State Medical University, Volgograd State Medical University, Kazan State Medical University, Mari State University, Northern State Medical University, Omsk State Medical University, Perm State Medical University, Syktyvkar State University, People’s Friendship University, Ryazan State Medical University, Moscow Aviation Institute, and Kursk State Medical University.
The inaugural ceremony of the Education Fair, attended by a large gathering of Indian students and their parents, and media people, was headed by Mr. Fedor Rozovskiy, Director, Russian Centre of Science and Culture, Ms. Elena Barman, Higher Education in Charge, Rus Education, Ms. Tatyana Perova, Head of the Russian Language Teachers Training Centre, Ms. Veronica Usacheva, Representative in India, Russia Beyond the Headlines and others.
As Mr.Fedor Rozovskiy has rightly emphasized, the seventeenth edition of the Russian Education Fair opened up a golden opportunity for aspiring Indian students seeking admission to higher education in Russia. He added that higher education in Russian universities is of considerably high quality and widely recognized, and at the same time comparably less expensive. He further pointed out that the successful conduct of the annual Education Fair with the active participation of Russian educational experts in India has met with a tremendous response in the past in attracting a substantial number of Indian students, which is growing from year to year, to higher educational courses, particularly medicine, engineering, aviation, computer science, etc., in leading Russian universities. He recalled the credible professional achievement of Indian students, emerging out of Russian universities, making their marks in different faculties in the country and abroad.
Apart from Delhi, the members of the Russian educational delegation took part in the Education Fair held in Mumbai, Kolkata, Trivandrum, Ahmedabad, Madurai, and Chennai, aimed at promoting Russian education among Indian citizens, establishing regular inter-university exchanges, and attracting Indian youth and younger generation of Russian compatriots to quality education in Russian universities.
The cost of higher education in Russia is relatively cheaper as compared to that in India because it is highly subsidized by the Government of the Russian Federation. Scholarship seats, including free tuition and accommodation, are also provided to the eligible candidates. There are about 10000 Indian students currently studying at various faculties of arts, science, engineering, and medical institutions in Russia. In the past three years, the number of Indian students going to Russia has increased considerably. There are no pre-qualifying exams like CET, IELTS, etc., for admissions to universities in Russia. Students should a minimum of 50 percent marks in the relevant core subjects/degrees. In the case of SC/ST and OBC students, it is 40 percent. The academic year starts with effect from September 1, 2016. Each academic year comprises of two semesters, excluding annual holidays during July and August.