MBBS from private institutions have always been costly. After the introduction of NEET-UG deemed universities have hiked the fees abruptly, some are even asking for ₹25lakh/year. The situation was worse before NEET-UG too, when private colleges were collecting extra money in form of donations for management quota seats. While government quota seats costs only less than a lakh to maximum 3lakh per year, varies from state to state.
The high cost of studying medicine has ultimately transferred increased the fees on the poor patients. Some students have even committed suicides because of their inability to pay such huge fees after taking admission. Some are finding hard to pay back bank loans. Some students have left course in middle and went abroad where cost of studying is less. The high demand for doctors and low availability of MBBS seats in the country has created a great business opportunity for these self-financed and deemed universities, which are mostly owned by politicians. Due to fees difference government mbbs seats fills at around 15,000 AIR while Deemed universities seats fills at around 3lakh AIR. A lot of eligible high rank candidates than those of admitted candidates are giving up their dream because of this fees factor.
Pursuant to the directions received from the Hon’ble Madras High Court, the University Grants Commission (UGC) has constituted a Committee to regulate the fees chargeable by self-financed Institutions Deemed to be Universities in Medical and Dental courses. This Committee has been entrusted with the task of fixing the fees for Medical and Dental courses offered by self-financed Institutions Deemed to be Universities after giving all stakeholders including the Institutions Deemed to be Universities adequate opportunity of representation. The Committee has decided to seek feedback/ comments/ suggestions from stakeholders/general public on the current fee structure of self-financed Institutions Deemed to be Universities for Medical & Dental courses and proposed fee structure.
It is requested to send the feedback/comments/suggestions (not more than 200 words) on the above matter to UGC by e-mail on [email protected] on or before 15th September, 2018.
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In June, the Madras High Court had passed an interim order capping the fees for medical and dental courses at Rs 13 lakh till the committee decided on the fee structure, as the admissions had already begun. The HC had also said that if the figure fixed by the committee was more than Rs 13 lakh, the students will have to pay it.
“We are informed that the (UGC) fee committee has earlier fixed Rs 11.50 lakh as management quota for medical colleges run by the deemed universities and the students may now be admitted subject to the payment of Rs 13 lakh,” the court had then said.
Note: Deemed universities are universities whose counseling is conducted by MCC and these are not dependent on government for financial support. Their seats come under all India Quota . E.g.: Manipal, SRM, Bharati Vidyapeeth, etc.