The number of Indian students going abroad for higher studies has been increasing every year. This includes students who go abroad to study medicine. In the era of internet, requisite information is easily available and the students take full advantage of this facility. Indian students go to the USA, the UK, Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Romania, Norway, Sweden, China, Malaysia, Australia, New Zealand and even to Nepal to obtain medical education. Number of Indian students also go to Bangladesh to study medicine. Approx 850-900 per year. In the present article, various aspects of studying medicine in Bangladesh are being discussed.
Bangladesh is the eastern neighbor of India. The people are ethnically similar. The climate, food habit, dress code and culture of the two countries are similar. Bangladesh has thirty Government medical colleges, six semi-private medical colleges and fifty seven private medical colleges. Around seventy five seats in Government medical colleges are reserved for international students. In addition, twenty to twenty five percent seats in private medical colleges are earmarked for international students. Many Indian students, especially from the eastern and north-eastern parts of the country are obtaining medical education in Bangladesh. Medical education in Bangladesh is much more cost-effective for Indians, even more than that of China. The syllabi followed in the Medical Colleges are similar to the syllabi followed in Indian medical colleges. Even the books prescribed in different topics are all same. More importantly, the medical degrees obtained from Bangladesh are recognized by the Medical Council of India (MCI). Furthermore, in all major Medical Colleges of Bangladesh, hostel facilities are available for international students. Generally people have friendly disposition towards the Indians.
Medium of instruction
The medium of instruction in medical colleges of Bangladesh is overwhelmingly English. So, Indian students will not face language problem while studying medicine in Bangladesh.
Eligibility and other procedures
A medical aspirant in Bangladesh must not have a gap of more than two years after completion of 10+2 examination. All non-Bangladeshi students who have passed Class X and Class XII or equivalent with Physics, Chemistry and Biology with more than 60% per cent marks will be eligible for admission. The mark-sheets of Class 10 and Class 12, Admit Cards, Birth Certificates duly attested by the Ministry of HRD (of the country of the student) are required to be sent to the Director, Medical Education under the Ministry of Health of Government of Bangladesh. Only those students who will obtain eligibility certificate Director, Medical Education can apply to individual medical colleges. The admission procedure for international students in MBBS programmes of Bangladesh is completed before January and the classes in the medical colleges commence by the first week of January.
Cost of living in Bangladesh
The cost of living in Bangladesh is similar to that in India. The current conversion rate of one Indian Rupee is 1.18 Bangladeshi Taka. The expenditure for medical education in Bangladesh is one of the cheapest in the world. The fees and other requirements in Government medical colleges are very low, like Government medical colleges in India. So, a comfortable life in terms of cost of living is assured in Bangladesh for Indian students.
Climatic condition of Bangladesh
Bangladesh has a sub-tropical monsoon climate characterized by wide seasonal variations in rainfall, high temperatures and humidity. There are three distinct seasons in Bangladesh, a hot, humid summer from March to June; a cool, rainy monsoon season from June to October-November and a cool winter from November to February. Indian students, especially students from eastern and north-eastern part of India will not face any problem in adjusting the climatic condition of Bangladesh.
Indian students, who are planning to pursue medical education abroad, can explore the opportunities being provided by Bangladesh in the field of medical education. Most of the Indian students would find it beneficial in terms of standard of education, cost of education, language of communication and other related factors.
About Bangladesh – India Relationship see on Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bangladesh-India_relations