- Medical education in India is an expensive affair as students have to shell out lakhs to secure a seat in self-financed deemed universities.
- A growing number of doctors and medical workers have demanded that fees charged by medical colleges should be regulated.
- This move comes on the heels of the Madras High Court order made on June 26, for fixing of fees for various medical and dental courses in self-financing, deemed universities positively by October end after hearing all stakeholders.
- There is a need for the fees to be regulated, so that students who cannot afford to pay the fees can have access to medical education and this in turn can help address the shortage of doctors to patient ratio in the country
In a bid to check the exorbitant fees for medical courses charged by self-financed deemed universities, the University Grants Commission (UGC) has formed a committee to regulate the rates, the Rajya Sabha was informed today.
“The UGC has constituted a committee to regulate the fees chargeable by self-financed deemed-to-be universities in medical and dental courses in view of the exorbitant fees being charged by them,” Satyapal Singh, the minister of state for human resource development (HRD), replied to a written question.
The committee consists of R C Deka, former AIIMS director; S K Ray, former additional secretary and financial adviser, HRD Ministry, and a nominee each from the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Dental Council of India, Medical Council of India (MCI) and HRD Ministry.
Other members include O P Kalra, vice-chancellor Pt B D Sharma University of Health Sciences, Rohtak; Saroj Chooramani Gopal, former VC of King George Medical University, Lucknow; Mahesh Verma, director of Maulana Azad Institute of Dental Sciences, New Delhi; Ajay S Chandanwale, dean, Byramjee Jeejeebhoy Government Medical College and Sassoon General Hospitals, Pune.