10% fee hike final offer for medical colleges

10% fee hike final offer for medical colleges

DK Shivakumar

The state government will hold a meeting with private medical colleges one last time on Saturday with a final offer allowing them to hike fees by 10%, Medical Education Minister D K Shivakumar said on Friday.

The Fee Regulatory Committee headed by Justice D V Shylendra Kumar has allowed medical colleges to hike fees by 8%. Last year, the fee for every MBBS seat in private colleges was Rs 6,32,500.

“Talks with private medical colleges have failed because they are demanding a 30% hike, or that they be allowed to fix the fees deemed universities are allowed to fix,” Shivakumar said. Deemed universities have their own fee structure, he added. 

“We have offered a 10% hike, but colleges are not relenting. They are saying they will move court. On Saturday, I asked the medical education secretary to hold one final meeting with colleges,” the Shivakumar said.

Shivakumar pointed out that an earlier agreement signed between the government and private medical colleges allowed for a 10% fee hike.