Karnataka: MBBS, BDS fees hike by 15 percent at Private Medical Colleges
Bengaluru: After hiking the PG medical fee this February, the Karnataka government has now increased the MBBS fees at private medical colleges by 15 per cent. The fee structure varies according to the acquired quota during the MBBS admissions.
The MBBS students under the government quota will see an increase from Rs 97,350 to Rs 1,11,959 per year for admission while for the institutional quota medical seats, the students will have to pay Rs 7,85,565 against the previous Rs 6,83,100.
Earlier, Medical Dialogues had reported about the hike in fee for PG medical courses at Private medical colleges.
Now, the decision to increase the MBBS fee structure came after a recent meeting held by the Medical Education department with the authorities of the private medical colleges, linguistic and religious minority institutions and deemed-to-be and private medical universities after receiving petitions about the ongoing infrastructural and other problems.
The private medical colleges were demanding a hike of 25 percent but the government agreed on 15 percent.
The government found it a necessary step towards as it was getting difficult to meet the expenses of the medical colleges.
Medical Education Minister, E Tukaram told the Deccan Herald, "They raised issues including the hike in salaries of employees as per the 6th pay commission, the rising cost of medical equipment and sprucing up of infrastructure. Considering these difficulties faced by the colleges, we have agreed to hike the fee by 15%."
The authorities of the medical colleges are with the decision while the students are worried about the introduced hike in fee and are finding it an anti-student step.
Sithara H.M., district president of All-India Democratic Students Organisation told the Hindu, "The move is against meritorious students. Students from middle-class families will not be able to pursue medical education. There are very few medical colleges in the State and students will have to struggle to mobilise funds for their fees."