- There will always an economic price for books and exams in India.
- The price is too costly to afford. Especially vast majority of PHP Programmers in India are underpaid. (Unfortunately, other domain guys earn about 5-10 times more than PHP guys. But, the price is still costly for anyone.)
- Microsoft's economic pricing for MCP in India is 50 USD, which originally costs 125 USD in US. Though the price is still costly, it seems to be ok. Again some testing centers provide up to 40% discounts on that amount (the discount is seasonal and depends upon the business model of the center)
- SUN's exams cost 90 USD to 150 USD. Though, there is no economic pricing available now, the testing centers provide up to 40% discounts. One should note that the earning power of these guys (Java, Solaris, etc) is high.
Update (2005-04-10): Update: Zend PHP Certification – Economic Indian Price