Why do Indian doctors go to Ukraine to study medicine?

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Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has brought to fore the plight of India’s medical education system. Around 90 per cent of the Indian scholars stranded there are studying medicine, according to central government data. Many people are clueless and want to know why Indian doctors go to countries like Ukraine to study medicine while there are so many government and private medical colleges in India.

On February 26, 2022, Prime Minister Narendra Modi prompted India’s private sector to step up to strengthen the medical education system. He said, “Today, our children are going to the small countries of the world to study, especially for medical education. There’s also the problem of language, yet they’re going. Billions of rupees are going out of the country.”

Let us take a look at some statistics to understand this.


There are 88,120 Bachelor of Medicine Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) seats and 27,498 Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS) seats available in India, according to data submitted by the health ministry in Lok Sabha in December 2021.

Data as per NMC websiteValue
The number of medical colleges recognized by the National Medical Commission:596
The number of government medical colleges in India:302
Total number of seats available MBBS seats available in India:83,075
Total number of MBBS seats in government colleges:44,565
Number of NEET 2021 Registrations:16,10,000
(16.1 lakh)
Percentage of students who’d get admission to a government college:Only 2.7%
Percentage of students who’d get admission in India including private colleges:Only 5.1%
The average MBBS fee for government medical colleges in India ranges from INR 20,000 to INR 7.5 lakh
The average MBBS fee for private colleges can range from
(Plus donations, commissions and bribes)
INR 20 lakh to more than INR 1 Cr
The average MBBS fee in Ukraine, Georgia, Russia and China can range fromINR 2 Lakh to 5 Lakh per annum
The total cost of MBBS education for six years in Ukraine was about:16.25 Lakh
Why do Indian doctors go to Ukraine to study medicine?

This huge difference in the fees between colleges in India and countries like Ukraine is the main reason is why Indian doctors chose to study outside India.

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