Faridkot: NMC standards accepted, no fee reduction for 50% seats in private medical colleges : The Tribune India
Faridkot, September 8
Students aspiring to take the MBBS course have been left in a state of confusion due to silence from the Department of Medical Education and Research (DMER) on new National Medical Commission (NMC) guidelines aimed at reducing fee for half of the total number of approved seats in private medical schools.
More than Rs 11L difference
- The fee for government quota seats in private medical colleges is Rs 20.45 lakh
- While fees in government medical colleges are Rs 8.62 lakh
Following an announcement by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the NMC announced in March that fees for 50% of seats in private medical institutes would be reduced to the level of government institutes starting this academic year.
In the August 22 DMER notification to regulate admissions to MBBS and BDS courses in the state, the fee structure for private medical schools shows a 5% annual increase and there is no mention of the NMC guidelines .
Dr Avnish Kumar, director of medical education and research in Punjab, said the department has yet to make a decision on this as some private medical colleges across the country have challenged the NMC guidelines. .
In the notification from DMER, the fee for full MBBS courses in three government medical colleges in the state is Rs 8.62 lakh. The fees in private medical colleges are Rs 52.60 lakh for management quota and Rs 20.45 lakh for government quota seats, respectively.
As per NMC guidelines, based on their score in NEET-UG, a student will first be offered a place in government medical colleges. Next, a seat in private medical schools (on the same fee as government colleges).
But in the notification issued by the DMER, there is no seat in the private medical schools whose fee structure is at the same level as that of the government.
“We expected that 50% of the total number of places in private colleges, known as government quota seats, would be offered to us at the expense of government medical colleges, but in the notification, the fees for the seats of government quota in private medical institutions the college costs Rs 20.45 lakh against the fee of Rs 8.62 lakh in government medical colleges,” said Kulwant Singh, father of a student. In Punjab, 11 medical institutes provide 1,650 MBBS places.
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