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MBBS Fee yet to be fixed in Karnataka, Students Stuck

MBBS Fee yet to be fixed in Karnataka, Students Stuck

Bangalore: With the time schedule for admissions for undergraduate medical seats limited, the  state government has still to work out fixation of fee in the medical colleges of the state. The NEET results were declared three weeks ago, but with the fee not fixed, students are in a crucial spot.

Medical Dialogues team had earlier reported that medical Education Minister DK Shivakumar in May announced the possibility of a 10% dental fee hike for the 2018-19 academic year.

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However, the same proposal was not acceptable to the private medical college managements who were aiming 30 percent hike.

However, in the month of June the FRC accounced that 6.8 lakh was the maximum annual fee that had been fixed for Ist year Indian students of a private medical college doing an undergraduate MBBS course in Karnataka. With this a maximum of an 8 % fee increase over that of the previous year had been allowed to the Fee Regulatory Committee. An FRC  notice, asking colleges not to raise their fee beyond 8% was also sent to private medical colleges- individually.

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The decision was not acceptable to the private medical college managements, which announced that they are now going to approach the court. M R Jayaram, Chairman, Karnataka Professional Colleges Foundation, reacting to the minister’s decision said that no more state government meetings would be attended by them on fee structure and seat sharing.

An uproar on fee is being witnessed in the medical college management quarters. There also seems to be an upheaval in the government, on the issue, as well.  While the government is uncertain about going against the Judge’s report,  Chief Minister, HD Kumaraswamy says that the committee itself is not a government recognized body leaving the authorities in a confused state, admitted an official.
“Officials are thinking whether to stick on to 8 percent increase or raise it more. Because the government is also being pressurized by the college management, who say they want up to 15 per cent hike from last year’s. So, it is really a critical point as of now,” the official added to Bangalore Mirror.
However, with no going ahead on the fee issue yet, the process is likely to prolong. July 30, is anticipated as the last day of admission and UG MBBS are to begin thereafter.

Medical Education Minister, DK Shivakumar added, “We are in the process of regulating all these things and we will complete it very soon.”

When questioned on fee fixation DKS said, “We are still working on it and will complete the work soon.”

The Medical Education Minister conducted several rounds of talks with the Secretary of the department. Officials of the Medical Education Department informed that in the Wednesday meeting nothing conclusive regarding fee had emerged.

Source: with inputs
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  1. Considering the exhorbitiant fee for Medical Education in India, I have a feeling that it may be cheaper and better to get Medical Education abroad. Parents should seriously explore this option. Tyr UK. Australia and other English speiaking areas. Good Luck