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Steep fee hike in Medical Education across the country: Survey

Steep fee hike in Medical Education across the country: Survey

With the coming of NEET, while the process of examination has become common, the benefit of the same seems to be still far reaching for a medical aspirant. With the steep hike in the fee charged by medical colleges, many aspirants despite having the score, are unable to access quality medical education citing affordability issues . An affirmation of the same comes in the statistics collected by the TOI, on the costs incurred by medical students to acquire a medical degree, all across states in the country.

According to a TOI conducted survey, following are the costs incurred for a medical education in various states of India:

  • The state of Tamil Nadu emerges as one of the most expensive grantor for medical study, with its annual fee ranging between Rs 16.8 lac and Rs 21.9 lac.
  • Gujarat is the cheapest, with medical fee costs ranging between 9 lac and 4.5 lac.

This year has witnessed a further hike in medical fee at private medical colleges. The justification given by these colleges for the hike being  stringent Medical Council of India (MCI), norms for hospitals and infrastructure. Insiders however, have a different version to state. According to them a substantial number of seats go to medical aspirants of other states who can pay substantial sums. If students are willing to pay, there is no stopping them, an MCI official added.

The National Eligibility Test has acted as another catalyst for fee hikes in all the states. Government colleges have however, maintained a steady sum for fee.Tamil Nadu in this case, once again leading all other states in the hike race.

  • Chennai-based SRM Medical College, that was earlier charging a tuition fee of Rs 10 lac per year in 2015- has raised it to Rs.21 lac.
  • The private Katihar Medical College, Bihar, has seen an annual revision of the tuition fee from Rs 8 lac last year to Rs.12.5 lac this year.
  • Delhi has  also witnessed a marginal rise; Hamdard Institute of Medical Sciences, a private college in the capital has raised its annual fee for management quota from Rs.15 lac in 2015 to Rs.18 lac this year.

Though all private colleges come under the purview of the Supreme Court-appointed fee committees in each state, deemed universities are exempted of all such authority.

  • Chennai-based Saveetha University , deemed in nature, has seen its annual tuition fee go up from Rs. 9 lac last year to Rs. 15 lac this year.

In Government colleges however, the cost of medical education is a fraction of these sums ranging from as little as Rs. 9,000 in Rajasthan to Rs. 4.4 lac in Punjab.

Private universities quoting  overheads to being high state MCI stipulations for hospitals and college infrastructure as being stringent.  ‘We need to woo faculty from clinical practice, which isn’t easy ,’ said a chancellor of a private university in Chennai.

Speaking about the status of deemed universities, Dr. CV Bhirmanandam, member of the TN committee, described them as being ‘out of their purview.’

 “According to the SC directive we allow them to fix tuition fee factoring in their income, expenses and extra money to improve services and scope for some profit,” he said.

Skeptical activists state that despite hiking fee some colleges continue to take capitation fee. According to skeptics PAN number additions could help making the process fool proof.

Parents are disillusioned for it is their wards who happen to be worst hit. Money means business for private institutions, but it marks the end of a dream for the meritorious.

‘My daughter has the score, but we don’t have the money,” said K Srinivasan, who was asked to pay Rs 40 lac at a varsity in Chennai.’

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    Dr. Rajendra Atmaram Kamble October 1, 2016, 12:50 pm

    How is steep hike justified ? Till last year it was around 5 lacs. It clearly points out that because they have to admit only through NEET, the black money can not be demanded.They try to have this alternative.

  2. This is in lieau of capitation fees which has been abolished

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    Mohinder partap Bhambri September 29, 2016, 11:20 am

    Dear friends ,just files petition in high court against Pvt. Medical colleges charging fee more than prescribed by fee fixation committees appointed by Supreme court.I myself got a favourable judgement in 2005 from high court Punjab.

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    Mohinder partap Bhambri September 29, 2016, 11:05 am

    Private medical college can charge fee fixed by fee fixation committees appointed by Supreme court.but this rule is not being followed.(deemed universities excluded)
    I give a personal example.In 2005 I along with other parents of candidates selected in private medical college at Ludhiana approached High court pb. and got the judgement ordering the private medical colleges to charge the fee Rs.1lac.per annum as the fee fixed by Majithia committee appointed by Supreme court.The decision was implemented by all Pvt. colleges in the state.(private colleges mean private colleges not deemed universities.
    Secondly,as per order of Supreme court ,the fee fixed by fee fixation committees shall be valid for total mbbs course,(no annual increase as being the practice today)
    Thirdly,the fee once fixed would remain same for consecutive three annual batches and of course for whole course of mbbs.eg.candidates admitted in batches 2003,2004,2005 paid Rs.1lac per annum for 4 1/2yrs.
    I wished to share my experience and may be beneficial to aspiring candidates and their parents if they get together to file petition to stop the open loot by private medical colleges in connivance with respective state governments.
    All the best.

  5. more medical aspirants less seat so upgrade all govt medical college and increase seat by new fee structure without financial burden to govt

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    Dr Arvind Kumar Dwivedi September 29, 2016, 10:18 am

    All the efforts of creating NEET & permitting admissions exclusively through NEET score appears to be a wasteful exercise, if fees structure is not affordable & rational . Now responsibility is on Supreme court,but it will work only through PIL. Social activists need to come foreword & file PIL for rationalization of fees structure of MBBS & post graduation.

  7. It is game of politicians nd all gangs – all are eating the creame of it

  8. why not upgrading exsisting medical college in govt sector by new fee structure without any financial burden to govt if increase the seat noboday ask capitation fees students study only good medical college