Inauguration was presented by H. E. Mr. Pankaj Saran, Ambassador of India in Russian Federation. His Excellency distinguished strengthening of India-Russia friendship and development of interstate bonds in all fields, cultural and humanitarian and educational in particular. Another speaker was Mr. Alok Raj, Education and CW Minister of India, who underlined applicability of Russian educational programs for people of India in general, and in the field of medical education in particular. Official figures show that now in India to one physician falls about 60 000 citizen. Therefore, the government of India set a primary mission to provide medical services those obtainable to wider population. Due to this fact, cooperation with Russia became priority task of immediate interest.
Experts from India, namely Jiraj Ghi and Suman Krishnan Kaul, in their speeches pointed that «… for India, cooperation with Russia is priority task of immediate interest. Quality and reputation of Russian medical education are worldwide famous.» Official figures show that now about 200 000 students from India are studying medics at USA, and only 10 000 – at Russia, contrary to the fact that quality of medical education at Russia is definitely higher for much lower price. Also was mentioned specifically that to boost traineeship and educational programs exchange mastering of Russian language and culture by students is required, therefore second priority of cooperation is philological area – Russian language and literature, culture and psychology studies, in wide sense.
Importance of implementation of social and domestic adaptation for foreign students, including students from India, at Russia was emphasized, namely creation of comfortable environment for education and living – campuses, dormitories, sport and catering establishments.
In the course of liberal conversation, representatives from India and Russia shared their experience on education activities and effects from their work.
RUDN University has long-term cooperation with leading higher education establishments of India, such as Kerala Institute of Medical Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Gujarat Ayurved University, University of Pune, University of Calicut, The English and Foreign Languages University at Hyderabad, Asia Pacific Institute of Management, Central Council For Research in Ayurvedic Sciences and Himalayan Research and Cultural Foundation.
RUDN University had agreements for cooperation in scientific and cultural spheres with these establishments on separate occasions, and such agreements are viable now.
Throughout existence of RUDN University 1382 students from India graduated at our university, among them Raghav Jugendra Singh, now chairman of the board of directors of «Uralred-Met» JSC and president of «Stork Company», Rajesh Rajan, founder and president of India RUDN Graduates and Friends (Trivandrum), Top Specialist of Kerala Institute of Medical Sciences, president of Traditional Medicine Center and Indian Association of Clinical Cardiologists, Gupta Sudhir, predident of «Amtel» consortium, Moscow, founder of 40 scholarships for RUDN students.
Currently there are 47 students from India at RUDN University among them 28 - at Medical Institute, 4 - at Faculty of Economics, 3 - at Faculty of Philology, 2 - at Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, 1 - at Space Technology Institute, 1 - at Hotel Business and Tourism Institute and 8 post-graduates.
On February 19, in 2017, Nikolai Sergeyevich Prostakov would have turned 100 years old.
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2 March, RUDN chose the King of Africa or Mister RUDN Association of African students – Zim Sankvella (SAR), first-year student of the Agrarian and Technological Institute who won over students from Cameroon, Chad, Namibia, Angola, Ethiopia and SAR. Vice-Mister was Binga Medesh (Angola), third place was taken by Naftalu Kuume (Namibia).