Currently, private medical colleges across Karnataka are demanding that the state government allows them to hike the annual tuition fees for the academic year 2019-20. The Medical Education Department will meet with the managing authorities of these private medical institutes this Saturday.
The medical colleges are pressing the state government for increasing the fees for UG and PG medical courses. In a statement, President of Karnataka Professional Colleges Foundation, M.R. Jayaram said,
“We have made a detailed presentation explaining all our expenditure to show why a fee hike is inevitable.”
The annual tuition fee for government medical colleges was INR 50,000 for MBBS courses in the academic year 2018-19. While the annual tuition fees for institution quota and government quota seats were INR 6.83 lakh & INR 97,350 in private medical colleges respectively during the same period. Students can now apply for the medical seats after clearing NEET (National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test) UG and PG entrance exams.
Issue for students
A number of student groups protested against the annual tuition fee hike last year. They criticized the move and argued that students from middle-class backgrounds are finding it increasingly challenging to pursue medicine as a career.
A member of the Medical Students’ Struggle Committee, Mohammed Khalandar stated that the group would intensely oppose if the government allows private medical colleges to hike their fees again. He added
“While some students give up their ambition to become a doctor, others from lower economic families take education loans.”
Medical students are also opposing the proposal to initiate Non-Resident Indian quota in government-run medical colleges by the Karnataka state government.