Health ministry asks BOG to draft guidelines to regulate private medical college fees

As setting up of National Medical Commission (NMC) can take time, the union health ministry has written a letter asking the Board of Governors (BOG) to draft guidelines for regulating the fees of private medical colleges

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  • The Union Health Ministry has asked the Board of Governors (BOG) to draft guidelines to regulate fees charged by private medical colleges
  • The fees of 50 per cent of private medical colleges are likely to be regulated from the academic year 2020-2021

Soon, fees charged by private medical colleges in the country will be regulated. The union government is considering putting a cap on the fees structure of private medical colleges and deemed universities. The aim is to make medical education affordable and accessible to those who can’t afford to pay huge fees.

Setting up of National Medical Commission (NMC) can take more time. The Union health ministry has asked the Board of Governors (BOG) which has the power of the Medical Council of India (MCI) to draft guidelines for regulating the fees.

Dr Kailash Sharma, dean academics Tata Memorial Centre (Projects), who is a member of the Board of Governors,  while speaking to My Medical Mantra, said, “We have received a letter from the health ministry. And, the matter has been discussed in the meeting.”

The National Medical Commission Act empowers the commission to frame guidelines for fees and other charges in respect of 50 per cent of medical seats.

In India, medical education is very expensive and common students can’t afford the same. So, associations of medical students had also in the past raised the issue of exorbitant fees charged by private medical colleges.

While speaking to My Medical Mantra, Maharashtra Association of Resident Doctors (MARD) has welcomed the centre’s move. Dr Ramesh Kalshetty said, “Compared to government medical colleges, fees charged by private medical colleges are very high. Students can’t afford to pay such expensive fees. We welcome the centres move to regulate fees. But, the fees should be affordable to a common student.”

The health ministry in its letter requested the Board of Governors (BOG) to frame guidelines for fees and other charges of 50 per cent of private medical colleges. So, the fee structure can be implemented during the academic year 2020-2021.

Dr Avinash Supe, Former Director of all civic-run hospitals in Mumbai said, “If the government prepares these guidelines, this will surely help the students. This will regulate the fee structure in private medical colleges. It will also help in bringing transparency in fees being charged. Currently, there is no regulation on the fees charged by private medical colleges. These guidelines will help general students to opt for medical education.”

While Dr Harjit Singh Bhatti, Former President, Resident Doctors Association, AIIMS, stated, “This will not provide much relief to the students. Under National Medical Commission Act, the government will regulate fees of 50 per cent of private medical colleges. This is an eyewash by the union government.”

As of now, in a few states, fees charged by private medical colleges are regulated by the state government. The states have signed an MoU with the colleges.