The first stage of annual Educational Fair with participation of the Russian universities “Russian Education-2018” was held in South India from May 19 to 21. The event was organized by Study Abroad Educational Consultants together with Rossotrudnichestvo representative office in Chennai.
On May 19 – 20, the exhibition was held at the Russian Centre of Science and Culture in Chennai and on May 21, it was in Madurai, Trivandrum and Hyderabad. The aim of these fairs is to attract Indian youth to obtain high quality education in Russian universities, to present Russian educational market and to develop Russian-Indian interuniversity cooperation.
This year, the participants of the exhibition were the representatives of Mari State University, Siberian State Medical University, National Research Nuclear University MEPhI, Ural Federal University, Volgograd State Medical University, Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology and Far Eastern Federal University.
A few days before the exhibition, there were press conferences in Chennai, Madurai and Hyderabad. Correspondents of leading local publications attended the press meets. The Journalists were provided information about the exhibitors, fee paid basis educational programs for Indian students, about the budget funded seats within the established quota and about the tasks set by the Russian Government in training foreign citizens. Mr. Yuri Belov, Vice Consul (Press Attache) of Consulate General of Russia in South India, Mr. Mikhail Gorbatov, Deputy Head of mission Rossotrudnichestvo in India and Mr. C. Ravichandran, Director of “Study Abroad” answered the questions of journalists.
Media representatives showed a genuine interest in information they received and appreciated the content of the event.
The official opening ceremony of the exhibition was attended by Mr. Sergei Kotov, Consul General of the Russian Federation in South India. In his welcome address, he said that choosing a university is the most important moment for young people, where it is necessary to take the right decision that affects the rest of their lives. He wished everyone success for their future and visited the exhibition and talked with the representatives of Russian universities, Indian students and their parents.
During the fair, Indian youth got all the information about educational programs presented by the universities, educational traditions and conditions, and about the social and living conditions to stay in the country. Former graduates of Russian universities also helped to consult the guests during the fair and shared their experiences of living and studying in Russia. Employees of “Study Abroad” carried out seminars and in detail explained to the potential students and their parents about the conditions of enrollment in the universities. Even in the exhibition students could directly apply for studying in their favorite institutions.
The events received wide coverage in mass media.
Exhibitions were also held in New Delhi, Mumbai and Calcutta. In June 2018, it is planned to carry out the second stage of educational fairs of Russian Universities in India.