The impressively colourful function “SOBRANIYE-2018”, the pre-departure ceremony for Indian students going to Russia and their parents, jointly organised by the Russian Centre of Science and Culture in New Delhi and its exclusive partner Rus Education at the Siri Fort Auditorium on September 18, 2018, turned out to be a landmark historical event.
“SOBRANIYE-2018”, the ninth in its series, accorded a rousing and hearty occasion of bidding Bon Voyage to nearly 2000 aspiring Indian students leaving for Russia winning admission to medical courses in different reputed Russian universities this time.
Among the distinguished guests who graced this event by their presence were: General V. K. Singh, former Chief of Staff of the Indian Army, and presently Minister of State in the Ministry of External Affairs, H.E. Mr. Nikolai R. Kudashev, Ambassador of the Russian Federation to India, Mr. Manoj Tiwari, M.P. and President of BJP, Delhi, Mr. Fedor Rozovskiy, Director, Russian Centre of Science and Culture, Dr. Reena Nayyar, Secretary, Indian Medical Council, Lt. General Rajvir Singh, Director-General, Medical Services, Indian Army, and others.
Congratulating the Indian students on their solemn educational mission aimed at new horizons in their life and career, General V. K. Singh, former Chief of Staff of the Indian Army, and presently Minister of State in the Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India, instilled a new spirit of motivation and inspiration. In his brilliant piece of advice he exhorted the students to study well, uphold dignity and discipline, and keeping aloft the values of social justice, culture and traditions, bilateral relations, etc. He wanted the students to use the services of Indian Embassy in Moscow during their stay in the country, and wished all success to their endeavours.
In the true spirit of infusing inspiration, encouragement and motivation, H.E. Mr. Nikolai R. Kudashev, Ambassador of the Russian Federation to India, noted that Russian universities bring together fundamental education and innovative approach towards the challenges of modern times, provide excellent conditions for learning and living and are annually included in the recognised global ratings. He added that apart from professional skills and knowledge, studying in Russia also offers an opportunity to come into close contact with its unique cultural and historical heritage, to see its breath-taking landscape and elaborate architecture, to get to know its rich traditions and enjoy famous hospitality of Russian people. He congratulated the students and the organisers of the event.
In his welcome address, Air Marshal Dr. Pawan Kapoor (Retd.) and former Director-General, Medical Services, Indian Air Force, Vice Chairman of Rus Education threw light on the multifarious activities of Rus Education as well as its unique achievements in catering to the needs of thousands of Indian students aspiring to fulfil their dreams, particularly in medical profession.
In his inspiring remarks, Mr. Fedor Rozovskiy, Director, Russian Centre of Science and Culture, brought into focus the remarkable opportunities and environment available in his country enabling them to widen their professional life for a bright future of their families and their Motherland. He described the Indian students as cultural ambassadors, and assured them of a pleasant and safe stay in Russia. Mr. Rozovskiy also elaborated the significant role played by Rus Education through commendable services in promoting Russian education among Indian citizens. He pointed out that this year 100 Indian students have been selected for the Russian Government Scholarship Programme under which the students will receive free education.
In a judicious advice to Indian students leaving for Russia for medical studies, Dr. Reena Nayyar, Secretary, Indian Medical Council, called upon them to take up medical studies seriously with a sense of responsibility and get prepared for clearance through the requisite tests of IMC to carry on their future profession.
Highly appreciating the Indian students for choosing Russian for their educational destination, Lt. General Rajvir Singh, Director-General, Medical Services, Indian Army, asked the students to put their hearts and minds in their studies, and come back victorious to serve humanity. He also wanted them to make use of the opportunities available with defence services in serving the nation.
In his hilarious account raising the spirit of the audience, Mr. Manoj Tiwari, M.P. and President of BJP, Delhi, made an appeal to the Indian students to make the historic relations between India and Russia much stronger and bring the people much closer while staying in Russia for their significant studies for the overall benefit of humanity. He made use of his artistic histrionics in keeping the students in good humour.
Dr. S. K. Washim, Founder and Chairman of Rus Education, promised both Indian students and their parents all possible timely help, assistance, support and guidance during their travel, secure and pleasant stay in Russia and studies in different universities there. Mrs. Elena Barman, Education Officer, Rus Education, made an appraisal of the activities of the organisers.
In a highlight of the programme of the day, six categories of scholarships were presented to students for their excellence in performance and academic achievements. The scholarship comprised Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam Badhte Kadam Scholarship, Druzhba Scholarship in Loving Memory of former Russian Ambassador Mr. Alexander Kadakin, Udaan Scholarship in Loving Memory of Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Veer Jawan Scholarship as a Tribute to our brave Soldiers, Rus Education Excellence Scholalrshiop and Ayushman Bharat Scholarship.