New mechanism to monitor fee structure in private medical colleges

In the case of private unaided medical colleges, the fee structure to be decided by the Committee set up by the respective State Government under the Chairmanship of a retired High Court Judge

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New Delhi: With the enactment of IMC Amendment Act, 2016 to introduce NEET, MCI with prior approval of the Central Government has amended Graduate Medical Education Regulations, 1997, and Post-Graduate Medical Education Regulations, 2000, for making provisions of common counseling. All the admissions in medical courses will be through NEET and common counseling. Admission details are sent to the MCI after counseling.

This was mentioned by the Minister of State (Health and Family Welfare), Mr Faggan Singh Kulaste on the floor of Parliament while replying to specific questions on the subject.

In the case of Government medical colleges, the respective State Governments are responsible for fixation of fee and in the case of private unaided medical colleges, the fee structure is decided by the Committee set up by the respective State Government under the Chairmanship of a retired High Court Judge in pursuance of the directions of the Supreme Court of India. It is for the Committee to decide whether the fee proposed by an Institute is justified and the fee fixed by the Committee is binding on the Institute, informed the Minister.

Further, the Supreme Court in its order dated May 09, 2017 had directed that the students who secure admission in MBBS course pursuant to the common counseling shall deposit with the counseling committee the demand draft towards the fee payable to the Institutions/colleges/Universities. Admission details are sent to MCI after counseling. MCI scrutinizes the details and issues discharge notices if students are admitted in the Medical Colleges in violation of regulations. With a view to make students aware, MCI has hosted details regarding grant of permission for courses run by Medical Colleges in its website. Advisories to the students are also posted on MCI website.