According to sources, there will be a steep increase in tuition fee for MBBS courses from the upcoming academic session. In Indore, Madhya Pradesh, the Admission and Fees Regulatory Committee (AFRC) has approved about 33% to 53% increase in the MBBS course tuition fee in private colleges of the state.
As per the fee hike, students getting into first year MBBS course will have to pay about Rs 5.72 lakh as tuition fee which is a steep increase from the last year's fee which was Rs3.5 to 4 lakhs.
In some premier institutions, students joining MBBS courses this year will end up coughing up at least Rs 28 lakh for the complete MBBS course of four-and-a-half year, this fee is excluding the illegal capitation fee.
According the above decision made by the AFRC, this fee structure will be effective for the next 3 years for the students who will be taking admission in 2016 session. There is also a possibility of another fee hike in 2019.
If assumptions are to be made as per the last 6 - 7 years data, there is a fee hike of about 100% which has anguished both students and parents.
The AFRC, after considering the proposal from private colleges has announced the revision of fee structure for the MBBS course.
Few colleges that have formed into private universities recently are yet to announce their fee structure as these private universities are regulated by the Madhya Pradesh Private University Regulation Commission.
Ever since the supreme court has mandated NEET for admissions into medical courses, all private universities and colleges across the country have started increasing the tuition fee for MBBS course. The SC has also mandated the admissions into medical courses to be made on merit basis only.
The unfriendly and uneven hike in the fee structure has invited strong opposition from students and student unions against the decision of the AFRC.
Will the colleges continue taking admissions with the same tuition fee or will they consider students and the unions demands to reduce the ridiculously high fee structure is a question yet to be answered by the authorities. Stay tuned for more updates on the medical education fee hike.