Medical education for poor and middle classes will be dearer
May 20, 2014 - Hyderabad
Formal announcement by the Admission and Fee Regulatory Committee (ASFRC) mooted out a proposal with an uniform fee structure ranging from Rs.6 lakhs to Rs.15 per student in medical education.
In this background, the students aspiring to take up medical profession will be a difficult job with 60 per cent merit quota seats costing RS.60,000 per annum will be done away with. Instead a uniform fee structure will take pay that may force them to shell down up to Rs.15 lakh per annum. There are 3,600 MBBS seats in 28 private medical colleges and while there will be uniform fee in 85% sets, 15% would be reserved for NRIs and there will be no cap on the fee for NRI seats.
A member of the Andhra Pradesh Private Medical and Dental Colleges Association said that they will conduct a separate entrance examination 'Eamcet-AC' in the second week of June and decided not to spilt the association for the next ten years as it would take time to develop colleges in Seemandhra.
Dr. K Ramesh Reddy member, Medical Council of India (MCI) said that the proposed move will affect the meritorious students from poor and middle classes and medical education will be out of reach for common man. The government cannot accept whatever the private colleges say', he said.
Experts say that the fee of Rs.60,000 was being reimbursed by the government to the deserving students. Now, with the sharp increase, it is doubtful whether the government would be able to reimburse the fee is a big question. It is a jot for poor families. If earlier the five year course cost Rs.3 lakh for merit quota students, it will be Rs.25 to 30 lakhs.