50% seats in private medical colleges: NMC has produced all deemed universities to concede to the new guidelines on reducing the fee for half of the total authorised seats in private medical colleges from the recent session. The National Medical Commission (NMC) guidelines stating that the fees for 50 per cent of seats in private medical colleges and deemed universities should be on par with that of the government medical colleges of a particular state will be effective from the next academic session official sources said on Wednesday.
The Prime Minister in March had announced that the fee for half the sanctioned seats in private medical colleges would be reduced to match the fee in government colleges. This will mean that the government rate will apply to 75% of the 92,000 MBBS seats offered for the 2022-23 session.
“The fee regulation guidelines are mandatory as per NMC Act-2019 and will be applicable for students who will be admitted through NEET-UG 2022 and NEET-PG 2022,” reads the NMC communication to the deemed universities.
Medical seats in private colleges at government price
The NMC issued an office memorandum on February 3, stating that it has been decided that the fees for 50 per cent of seats in private medical colleges and deemed universities should be on par with that of the government medical colleges of a particular state or Union Territory.
According to the office memorandum, the benefit of this fee structure would first be made available to those candidates who have availed of the government quota seats but limited to 50 per cent of the total sanctioned strength of the institute.
However, if the government quota seats are less than 50 per cent of the total sanctioned seats, the remaining candidates would benefit from having to pay a fee equivalent to that in government medical colleges, based purely on merit, the memo issued on February 3 stated.
According to paragraph 10(1)(i) of the National Medical Commission (NMC) Act, 2019, the commission shall frame guidelines for the determination of fees and all other charges for 50 per cent of the seats in private medical institutions and deemed-to-be universities governed under the provisions of this decree.
The NMC circular said, “all deemed universities are requested to comply with the office memorandum dated February 3, 2022. The decision effectively means fees for 50% private and deemed seats (ranging from RS. 7 lakh to Rs 25 Lakh a year) will come down slightly over Rs. 1 lakh. In Maharashtra, fees in raises and private colleges are regulated by the fee regulating authority (FRA), but deemed colleges do not come under its ambit.