It will be applicable from the upcoming academic session scheduled to start from October first week. According to a notification issued by AFRC, first-year students in the MBBS course will have to pay Rs 5 to 5.72 lakh as tuition fee; the fee last year was Rs 3.75 to 4 lakh. In premier colleges, a student joining MBBS this year will end up paying at least Rs28 lakh for the four-and-a-half-year course, excluding the illegal capitation fee.
According to the notification, the fee will be effective for the next three years for the students who will get admission in the 2016 session. The fees may be revised in 2019 again. If a rough assumption is to be made, one will find a jump of around 100% in the last six-seven years After considering the proposal of private colleges AFRC has announced the revised fees structure for MBBS course students. But, few colleges that turned in private universities are yet to declare the fees they will charge this year. As private universities are regulated by Madhya Pradesh Private University Regulation Commission, the fee hike proposal of a few medical colleges that turned into universities this year is yet to come out.
Across the country, private universities have started increasing the tuition fee for MBBS courses this academic year in anticipation that all states will be mandated to take up the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET). Sources said that the Supreme Court’s order has made it mandatory for medical colleges to admit students solely on merit.
The uneven fee hike has also resulted in anguish as students and students’ union leaders on Monday went on to protest against the unfriendly move of AFRC.