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UGC, HRD Ministry to consult Health Ministry and MCI for fee regulation at private medical colleges


New Delhi: Attempts are being made by the Central Government to put a rein on the excessively high fee being charged by a few private medical colleges. These efforts have come into play after the  Madras High Court passed a ruling which has now prompted Human Resource Development Ministry (HRD) and the University Grants Commission (UGC) to form a committee for fee regulation .

However, the technicalities involved don’t make the task an easy one.Authorities concerned feel bringing all the colleges involved, under one umbrella will be a difficult task.

The UGC has in a written communiqué to the HRD Ministry suggested that the Ministry of Health and Medical Council of India, the two bodies responsible for the job be consulted in the matter.

34 deemed private institutions in the country offer medical courses. Prior to the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) these colleges conducted their own entrance examinations. With the onset of NEET all institutions now have to take on candidates based on NEET scores.

However, some students did not get admission into some of the Puducherry-based private institutions as they were  charging allegedly very high fee. The students as an act of retaliation filed a petition in the Madras High Court. The court in its June 16 order asked UGC to form a committee to look into the matter of fee regulation.

 A recent report in DNA states that an HRD meeting  held last week on the issue could not reach a consensus as a section of officials felt that it would be difficult to bind all private institutions under a single rule. “By fixing a fee cap, we will allow an institution not doing so well and charging lesser to charge a higher amount in the name of the rule. Hence we will have to work out the technicalities in detail before we can come up with a fee regulation rule,” said a source.

Despite the Medical Council of India’s intermittent reminders  to private institutions at regular intervals, to adhere to government fee guidelines many institutions charge a higher fee in the name of capitation  and other issues reports DNA.

 


Source: with inputs
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    Dr Madhusmita Jena July 4, 2017, 6:32 pm

    Its an open secret.. the private medical colleges are charging a very high fees inspite of the NEET exams score or rankining. There should be a fee structure designed for all private colleges but howevever since it is difficult to come to auniform capping of fee for all colleges. My suggestion is
    1. Depending upon the financial strength ( background) of the private medical college.. the fees can be structured accordingly for instance Medical college A which is not establshed one should have a different fee than an established Medical college B
    2. This fee structure decision can be based on the criteria such as duration of establishment of the private college . For instance less than 5 years college .. one fee structure
    More than 5 years established private medical college… one fee structure
    More than 10 years of establishment of medical colleges… one fee structure
    10 to 15 years…. one fee structure
    Just like an IT slab

  2. one india one fees rule which can be affordable to all parents and students- money is not growing in the tree and if increase the fees the salary for all to be revised in the case of private employees and retired people. Many children are coming to the retired people as they have to educate their children to PG course in Medicine. Medical college cannot loot like this with the increase of fees in every year.