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Indian students attracted to Chinese varsities

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Pune, Apr 18 (UNI) Expensive education is driving Indian students to foreign universities, especially China which offers good education packages at economical rates.

Medical education, among the courses, is gaining popularity among students from India, Bangladesh, Nepal and Pakistan, according to P S Ganguly, CEO of Sarawathi Online that is providing information about the scope in Chinese Universities. ''We are being flooded by queries but we are unsure whether we can provide those many seats,'' he said.

Students can practice in India only after obtaining MCI registration and passing a screening test conducted by the National Board of Examinations. The total cost in Chinese universities including tuition fees lodging and food ranges anywhere between Rs nine to twelve lacs, Mr Ganguly said noting that the only problem is the medium of instruction. English is the medium but it is mandatory for students to learn Chinese and special classes at universities have been arranged for the purpose, he said.

In 2004, around 93 students enrolled and it rose to 600 last year, but this yer we are expecting around 1800 students to enroll for the five-and-half year course, Mr Ganguly said.

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