Medical Admissions 2017: Pay Rs 5.5 lakh for MBBS course in Kerala private colleges
With some medical colleges demanding to fix the fees at Rs 15 lakh, the committee said the demand appeared to be prima facie “exorbitant, exploitative and profiteering.”
The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) declared the results of National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) 2017 on June 23.
As per the reports, nearly 6.11 lakh candidates have cleared the exam and qualified.
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Soon after the declaration of results, on June 26, the fees for Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) course at private self-financing medical colleges in Kerala was fixed at Rs 5.5 lakh.
This fee has been fixed by a government-appointed committee and will come into effect from 2017-18.
However, the Admission and Fees Regulatory Committee, headed by Justice R Rajendra Babu, said the fee was “provisional.”
“The above fixed fee is provisional and applicable to all self-financing medical colleges, including deemed universities, subject to the regulation by the Committee, as per law,” the committee said in recent PTI report.
Admission under NRI quota:
Referring to the NRI quota, which comprises 15 per cent of the total seats, the fees has been fixed to Rs 20 lakh.
More on the report:
With some medical colleges demanding to fix the fees at Rs 15 lakh, the committee said the demand appeared to be prima facie “exorbitant, exploitative and profiteering”
If there will be any difference in the fee structure after the final fee regulation, appropriate orders would be issued later, the order said.
Further, the committee members have directed the managements of self-financing medical colleges to submit within two months all relevant documents to fix the tuition fees of medical colleges.
How was the provisional fee fixed?
According to the order, the provisional fee was fixed after scrutinising previous agreements and the income collected by medical colleges as fees.
Moreover, the Supreme Court had directed to close the admissions by September.
Meanwhile, opposition leader in the Assembly, Ramesh Chennithala criticised the new fees structure, holding that students belonging to BPL (below poverty line) category also had to pay the same fee as those by financially sound students.With the new fees structure, the LDF government had destroyed the “social security” existing in the self-financing sector in medical education, Chennithala alleged.