In a shocker to the government policy of removing the capitation fee through NEET, the private medical colleges have hiked their tuition fee. The cost of medical education remains same in these colleges, but they have made a substantial hike in their tuition fee.
The private institutions claim their overhead to be really high. They have give best infrastructure to the hospital and college which costs really high. They also need to attract faculty who are already having a good clinical practice, which is tough. The faculties are needed be paid high for having good education in the college.
The SRM medical college of Chennai has raised its fee from to 21 lakh per year, whereas the DY Patil Medical College of Navi Mumbai has hiked the fee to 16.5 lakh per annum from the previous year's fee of 8.5 lakh.
According to data collected by the Times of India, studying in private medical colleges of tamilnadu will be most expensive. In the states like Gujrat and Karnataka, the cost of education in private medical colleges is relatively low.
In government medical colleges, the costs are as low as Rs. 9,000 per annum to Rs. 4.4 lakh per annum. The deemed universities are seen to be charging high fee as they are not monitored closely by the state governments.
Some private colleges are reported to be taking capitation fee in cash. Even after the fee hike, colleges are reported to take high capitation fee in cash. This fee may go as high as 70 lakh.
"Even after the hiking of fees, a few colleges are still taking capitation fees in cash. But most are at least declaring higher fees instead of collecting cash under the table. To make it even more foolproof, the PAN number of the parents making the payment should be attached. And for every admission in the NRI quota, passport and citizenship details should be on record to be examined later in case of doubt of any fraud," said Dr. Anand Raj. Anand Raj was one of the whistleblowers of the Vyapam scam in Madhya Pradesh.
The state fee committees feel helpless even after knowing about the fee hikes. They say that the public needs to take the matter to court if they want an action.