Wuhan was a magnet for medical aspirants from India

MUMBAI: It wasn't on anyone's radar. The crown virus epicenter now houses hundreds of medical aspirants from around the world, including India. He became a magnet, attracting medical aspirants from India after he began offering MBBS in English a year ago.

Hundreds queued in front of Wuhan and 45 Chinese institutes that offer free language medications. Data in 2019 show that 21,000 Indian students enrolled in Chinese medical schools, taking the neighbor to No. 1 position for aspiring doctors. In addition to the 45 universities, some Indians are enrolled in more than 200 universities where they study in English/Chinese.

Russia, with 58 enlisted institutes, sees just over 6,000 Indians flying to pursue MBBS. However, according to information from the National Examination Board, the percentage of students approved, graduates of medical colleges in Russia and China, in the Postgraduate Exam in Foreign Medicine (FMGE) in 2015-18 is 12.91% and 11.67% respectively .

“Medical applicants look at all the ways since obtaining medical admission is very difficult and expensive. Countries like China offer cheaper medical studies and the same infrastructure, if not better, than India, ”said Karan Gupta, a counselor who works with students heading abroad.

The average tuition for a Chinese medical university is $ 2,000-3,000 annually, plus $ 1,000 for living expenses. In 2015, there were more than 13,500 Indian students in China, as India ranked among the top 10 nations that send students to Chinese universities.

China, a large country that sends students, became the third most favored nation of international students after the United States and the United Kingdom. It also became a host destination and is the fifth option ranked for Indians leaving the coast for education.

“China is selling the medical program very strongly among the Indians. They started teaching in English and their institutes are recognized by WHO, said another counselor, Pratibha Jain. With new recruits joining the MBBS middle English course, Gupta and other experts feel that students returning after graduation have a better chance of deciphering FMGE and obtaining a license to practice in India.