Thousands of medical aspirants may get a big relief soon as the Government has initiated process to regulate fee structure in private medical colleges and deemed universities from the next academic session. The Union Health Ministry has asked the Medical Council of India (MCI)’s Board of Governors (BoG) to prepare draft guidelines for the same.
In its letter to the BoG, the Health Ministry said, “The Commission on its constitution will frame guidelines for determination of fee which may be enforced from the academic session 2021-22.”
The BoG, which is vested with the powers of the MCI, has started consultations with states and sought their suggestions for framing draft guidelines for the fee structure.
Once the NMC comes into being, the Medical Council of India will automatically get abolished. The president dissolved the Medical Council of India (MCI) in 2018 and a BoG was appointed to perform its functions.
“The Commission on its constitution will also frame guidelines for determination of fee which may be enforced from the academic session 2021-22.
“It has been desired that the BoG may prepare draft guidelines for determination of fees and all other charges of 50 per cent of private medical colleges and deemed universities as envisaged under the NMC Act 2019 so that the Commission on its constitution may utilise the same and so that it can be enforced from the next academic session–2020-21 — onwards for both UG and PG medical admissions,” the letter read.
Meanwhile, the ministry has also asked private medical and dental colleges across the country to charge fee for only the first year from students at the time of admission.
The Indian Medical Council Act, 1956 had no provision for regulation of fees in private medical colleges.
At present, some states regulate fees of some seats in private colleges through MoUs signed with college managements. In addition, the Supreme Court has set up committees chaired by retired high court Judges to fix fees in private colleges as an interim measure. Deemed to be Universities claim they are not covered by these committees.
Nearly 50 per cent of total MBBS seats in the country are in government colleges, which have nominal fees. Of the remaining seats, 50 per cent would be regulated by NMC. This means that almost 75 per cent of total seats in the country would be available at reasonable fees.