THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The Justice R Rajendra Babu Commission has proposed the fees for the merit and management quota MBBS seats in medical colleges in the state at Rs 5.5 lakh per annum. The fees for NRI seats will be Rs 20 lakh.
This is a steep hike compared to last year’s fees where the amount for 20% seats was just Rs 25,000 and for 30% seats it was Rs 2.5 lakh. This year, there will be a unified fee structure for all seats.
However, the self-financing management association has refused to accept the proposal and has demanded that merit and management quota fees should be fixed at Rs 10 lakh. The association has decided to move court for approval to collect higher fees.
Merit and management quota seats will account for 85% of the total seats in each college this year. Since there would be a unified fee structure for all colleges this year, the government had held several rounds of discussions with the managements for reaching a consensus on the fees.
With the managements not accepting the government proposals, the health minister had asked the fee regulatory commission to fix the fee structure. The commission too held several rounds of discussions with the managements.
“The commission proposal is unacceptable and the managements will move court. The fee structure was fixed without doing any home work,’’ said Muslim Educational Society (MES) president P A Fazal Gafoor.
The Christian managements’ association has, meanwhile, accepted the new fee structure and has decided to go ahead with the admission procedures. “We will soon sign the agreement in this regard with the government,” said George Paul of Christian management association.
As per the commission, the fee structure is temporary and the managements have been given two months’ time to approach the commission to submit the details of their expenses and revenue. After that a permanent fee structure will be fixed by the commission.
Even though the fee for NRI seats have been increased to Rs 20 lakh from Rs 15 lakh, the additional Rs 5 lakh has to be spent by the management on scholarships for below poverty line (BPL) students.