The National Medical Commission (NMC) guidelines state that the fees for 50 per cent seats in private medical colleges and deemed universities should be at par with that of government medical colleges in a particular state will be effective from the next academic session official sources said on Wednesday.
He said that the guidelines would have to be compulsorily implemented by the fee fixation committee of each state for their respective medical colleges.
The NMC issued an office memorandum on February 3, stating that it has been decided that the fees for 50 per cent seats in private medical colleges and deemed universities should be at par with that of government medical colleges in a particular state or union territory.
According to the office memorandum, the benefit of this fee structure would first be made available to those candidates who have availed the government quota seats but are limited to the extent of 50 per cent of the total sanctioned strength of the institute.
However, if the government quota seats are less than 50 per cent of the total sanctioned seats, the remaining candidates will get the benefit of paying a fee equivalent to that of government medical colleges, purely on the basis of merit, said Memorandum 3 issued on February.
According to section 10(1)(i) of the National Medical Commission (NMC) Act, 2019, the panel shall frame guidelines for the determination of fees and all other charges for 50 per cent of the seats in private medical institutions and deemed-to-be universities governed under the provisions of this legislation.
According to the principles that would be followed in fixing the fees and other charges in private medical colleges and deemed universities, no institution should charge a capitation fee in any form or manner.
It needs to be ensured that the principle of education is “not for profit” is strictly adhered to. Therefore, all operating costs and other expenses for running and the maintenance of the institutions must be covered in the fees.
Excessive expenses and exorbitant profit components should not be allowed to be added to the fees, according to the principles.