Private Medical Colleges and Deemed Universities across India have hiked fees for the MBBS course post the result declaration of NEET on August 17. The average cost of pursuing MBBS from a Top-Notch college is Rs. 1.85 crore – up to Rs. 1 crore as tuition fee and Rs. 85 lakh as capitation fee.
All Private Medical Colleges and Deemed Universities are now directed to admit candidates solely on Merit basis.
As per the new rules, candidates can autonomously apply for admission to different colleges, however, admission would be solely based on NEET ranks.
Nevertheless, some colleges have discreetly told the parents that they would be required to deposit a capitation fee ranging between Rs. 40 lakh and Rs. 85 lakh in order to secure admission.
A parent seeking admission for his daughter stated that despite his argument with the college administration to conduct admission on Merit basis, the administration responded by stating that it wasn’t specified in the Apex Court order.
While some parents refrained from arguing with the College Management, many stated that they were unable to afford the annual tuition fee for the five and a half year course.
For instance, at the Chennai based SRM Medical College, the annual tuition fee was Rs. 9 lakh in 2014, Rs. 10 lakh in 2015 while it is Rs. 21 lakh in 2016 including Development fee of Rs. 2 lakh and curriculum fee of Rs. 1 lakh.
Tuition fee at other colleges ranges between Rs. 12 lakh and Rs. 18 lakh. Students are also required to pay fees for hostel facility, mess, library and laboratory which adds up to Rs. 1 lakh a year in majority of colleges.
Selva Ganapathy, whose son secured more than 90 percentile in NEET stated that they would have to pay a tuition fee of at least Rs. 1 crore and the total cost would rise by another Rs.25 lakh.
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He stated that his son had missed a Government Medical College by merely 0.25 cutoff points owing to the 68% caste-based reservation followed in Tamil Nadu and gradually joined an Engineering college.
He said that his son didn’t mind quitting the Top college since he would not get a loan to pay for the capitation and termed it as mockery of merit. Gradually the family decided that their son should resume his Engineering.
Dr G R Ravindranath, General Secretary of Doctors Association for Social Equality stated that majority of the Doctors receive a starting salary ranging between Rs. 45,000 and Rs. 50,000 a month and might receive higher salary five years hence but might wish to go for Post-Graduation by that time which would cost them another few crores of rupees.
He added that the most obvious way to eradicate capitation fees is to conduct a Single Window Counseling for admissions.
State Health Department officials stated that Private colleges possessed the autonomy of fixing fees.
In the past three years, Tuition fees alone has escalated by three times in some private Medical Colleges.
Management of some Private Medical Colleges stated that they have to spend a lot of money in building and maintaining the Infrastructure and are also required to pay higher salaries to teachers.