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'China not a faraway land', says Indian student in China

Posted on Monday, December 17, 2018

Language is no more a hurdle thanks to technology that offers numerous translation apps. China is a good place for advanced research, Ankit Sharma talks to Shivangi Mishra

Indians have many perceptions about China. It is often viewed as a country which is not compatible for Indians due to the huge language and cultural difference.  However, in today’s technological era, the fact does not hold true. Even though language is a major hurdle since the Chinese people do not stress much on learning English but technology has made the life of expats in any country easier, says Ankit Sharma, who recently completed his yearlong fellowship in Oral Oncology and Maxillofacial Reconstruction at Peking Stomatology Hospital, Beijing.

“It sure is difficult to survive in a country without a common language however, today there are several translation apps that make communication easier and you can scan documents and translate them as well. Also, professors and academicians do know English as they teach a group with international students,” says Ankit, who received his fellowship through International Association of Maxillofacial Surgeons. It is one of the most reputed fellowships in the field and every year only two awardees are selected from across the globe.

“The food choices are few but there are options for vegetarian as well. There are lot restaurants in Beijing that serve Indian and Pakistani cuisines. Cooking is another option. One can buy anything from e-commerce websites like Taobao and Jing Dong,” says Ankit, who hails from Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh, and wants bring high-end treatment options to his home town which are presently only available in metro cities.

People are always curious about other cultures and his Chinese friends were highly amused by his lifestyle and food habits. “I encountered a lot of questions as people there really wanted to know about India, the religion here, traffic conditions,” says Ankit.

Fellowship experienceChina is a good option to choose for research in technologically advanced fields, especially in areas where we may lack infrastructure, says Ankit. His reason to choose China was that it has advanced infrastructure and newest modalities like Navigation surgeries in the field of Maxillofacial Reconstruction. He says though India is no behind in providing equal results, but it still has a long way to go in establishing good infrastructure.




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