Kannur: Student admitted for the academic year 2017-18 at Pariyaram Medical College will see no changes in their fee slabs, despite the government take over of the institution, all in an effort to convert it into an autonomous unit. A notice to this effect has already been served to the MBBS students. The notice categorically states that students who got admission last year are to remit fee as per the fee structure of self-financing colleges.
According to the notice, all merit quota students have to pay an additional amount of Rs 2.35 lakh to the already deposited Rs 2.5 lakh earlier.
Clarifying its position the college management said the decision has been taken as per the recommendation of Rajendrababu Committee, which has expressed the need for uniformity in fee for government and management quotas in the self-financing colleges. The fee has been fixed at Rs 4.85 lakh.
The Pariyaram Medial College, Managing Director, K Ravi in response to a query said though the college had earlier reached an agreement with the government, fixing the fee at Rs.2.5 lakh per year, the Rajendrababu Committee changed the figure. The RB committee insisted that all self-financing colleges needed to have a uniform fees structure, and hence the hike.
He clarified that reduction in fee was near impossible now as it lay in the hands of the government which was reluctant decrease a penny from the figure set. The primary reason being these students were given admission when the college was in the self-financing sector.
He further revealed that management quota fee had been reduced from Rs. 10 lakh to Rs. 4.48 lakh and that the additional amount would be refunded to those who have remitted a higher amount under management quota.
However, it has caused much discontentment among those who sought admission in PMCH thinking that the fees would be less.
Sources told the TOI that the students had hinted that they might launch a protest on the issue of fee remittance.