Belagavi: The Karnataka government, in its effort to improve the financial conditions of government medical colleges, is mulling over to increase the MBBS and PG courses fee by 200 and 500 per cent respectively.
The information was declared at the Karnataka Legislative Council by Minister for Medical Education D K Shivakumar during the question hour.
The minister stated, “Karnataka Government has plans to enhance the admission fee for both, Post-Graduate (PG) as well as for Under-Graduate (UG) Medical courses in the State.”
He said that there is a proposal to increase MBBS course fee from the present Rs 17000 to Rs 50000 and that of PG courses from Rs 50000 to Rs 3 lakhs.
During the session, S V Sankanur (BJP) asked the minister regarding the issue at state-run medical colleges, to which he replied that the fees collected in the government medical colleges are far less than being paid by the students in private colleges.
“The costs of maintaining colleges are high in Government Medical Institutions. The collection from patients in these institutions are also less as compared to private medical colleges,” the minister pointed out.
This decision of massive fee hike aims to meet the fund requirements of the state-run medical colleges so that the quality of medical education can be enhanced and facilities can be extended to medical college employees. Apparently, the state-run medical colleges were suffering from rough financial situations which were bothering the staff at these institutes.
“The government intended to increase the fees to provide the medical colleges with better infrastructure and resources, and to provide staff with facilities like Provident Fund (PF) and pension,” the minister informed the council.
The minister implied that this move is to make the government medical institutes capable enough to run themselves.
There are 16 government medical colleges in Karnataka.