India and Russia to introduce mutual recognition of degrees, says Russian Senator

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During the delegation of Russian Senators enhancing the relations between Indian and Russia through Parliamentary Friendship Group, Yelena  Afanasyeva who headed a delegation informs about the “point-by-point” provisions for the agreement proposed during the delegation stating mutual recognition of degrees and diplomas.

Many Indians studying medicine in Russia were caused inconvenience due to the absence of this agreement. It has been observed for many years, that both countries have been discussing to introduce this agreement.

“The representatives of the governments of both sides are now discussing the point-by-point provisions of this document,” she told PTI.

“One of the difficulties that we have discussed with our colleagues is that the necessity of urging our governments to sign an agreement of mutual acceptance of the diplomas and degrees, especially in the medical sphere,” Afanasyeva said.

“There was such a document – but between the USSR and the Republic of India. So, we have this kind of experience. But the USSR is no more, so we need a new one (agreement document),” she said.

She also informed that 9500 students are studying in Russia, out of which 100 of them are studying at the expense of the Russian government.

The Delegation was held from February 5 to February 7, where the Russian Senators met with  Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman Harivansh Narayan Singh, BJP’s National General Secretary Ram Madhav, former Congress president Sonia Gandhi, and other leaders. They also met with BJP Lok Sabha MP Hema Malini who headed the India-Russia Parliamentary Friendship Group.

Russian Embassy expresses its concern by saying “stressed the necessity of early signing the agreement of mutual recognition of diplomas between Russia and India”.

“When such kind of documents are agreed upon, it goes through very different branches of power, very different authorities. And us, being the representatives of the will of the people, it is our job to urge the government to make it matter,” Afanasyeva said.

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