New Delhi, 08 February 2022: The National Medical Commission (NMC) has decided that the fees of 50 percent seats in private medical colleges and deemed universities must be on par with government medical colleges of that particular state. The council has decided this to ensure that any excessive expense or profit collection is not allowed to be added to the fees of private medical colleges.
NMC Cap Fee: Details
- The benefit of the revised fee guidelines would be first made available to those candidates who have availed government quota seats.
- If the government quota seats are less than 50 percent of total sanctioned seats, the remaining candidates would avail the benefit of paying a fee equivalent to that in government medical colleges based purely on merit.
- As per the revised fee guidelines, no institution would charge a fee higher than that approved by the government.
- For determination of fees for MBBS/PG courses, it needs to be ensured that the aspect of profit-making gets strictly ruled out.
- It is necessary that all the operating costs and other expenses for running and maintenance of the institution for imparting medical education on a sustainable basis are covered in the fees itself.
- No excessive expense and costly profit component should be allowed to be added to the fees.
- Currently, fees at private colleges are fixed by the state regulatory authority for the merit seats.
- After the implementation of the National Medical Commission Act, 2019, the NMC has directed framing guidelines for fees and other changes in favour of 50 percent seats in private medical institutions.
- However, the government has not yet issued an official notification in relation to the office memorandum.
NMC Cap Fee: Developments Till Date
- According to Section 10(1)(i) of the National Medical Commission (NMC) Act, 2019, the panel shall frame guidelines for determination of fees and all other charges for 50 per cent of seats in private medical institutions and deemed to be universities.
- Earlier, the government had requested the erstwhile Board of Governors to prepare the draft fee fixation guidelines for the consideration of the NMC.
- An expert committee was constituted by the Board of Governors – Medical Council of India (BoG-MCI) on November 23, 2019.
- The expert committee recommended 26 broad draft guidelines for the determination of fees for MBBS and PG courses and other charges for private medical colleges and deemed to be universities.
- The guidelines were uploaded to the NMC Website on May 25, 2021 inviting public comments. Around 1,800 responses were received.
- Another expert panel was constituted on October 21, 2021 by the NMC, which examined the responses and submitted the revised draft guidelines. The recommendations of this panel were accepted by the NMC in its meeting on December 29, 2021.