During a meeting with students returning from Ukraine, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that the government would do something related to the fees charged in private medical colleges and also assured students to set up new medical colleges across India.
In the midst of all this, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said that the government has taken another big decision, which will benefit the poor and middle-class students. Half the seats in private medical colleges will be charged at par with government medical colleges, PM Modi announced on the occasion of ‘Jan Aushadhi Diwas’.
While an interaction with beneficiaries of Jan Aushadhi Yojana via video conference, PM Modi stated, “A few days back, the government has taken another big decision, which will benefit the poor and middle-class children. We have decided that half the seats in private medical colleges will be charged at par with government medical colleges.”
In addition, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that at least one medical college will be established in every district of the country.
The notification was issued by the National Medical Commission
The National Medical Commission (NMC) has given a big relief to the students by issuing new rules by charging fees in respect of 50 per cent seats in private medical colleges and deemed universities. The National Medical Commission has issued a notification stating that the fee for 50 per cent seats of a private medical college will have to be kept the same as that of the state and central government medical colleges. The rules issued by the National Medical Commission state that after extensive deliberations, it has been decided that the fee for 50 per cent seats in private medical colleges and deemed universities should be the same as that of state or central medical colleges. It is to be mentioned that the demand for reduction of medical fees has been rising for a long time and now the central government has taken a big decision in the interest of the students.
The benefit of this fee structure would first be made available to those candidates who have availed the government quota seats but 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 would avail the benefit of having to pay a fee equivalent to that in government medical colleges, based purely on merit, the memo issued on February 3 stated.
Students will now be able to study medical at low cost
Following the Centre’s decision, thousands of students studying in private medical colleges will benefit and will now be able to study medical at low cost.
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In that case, the tariff will go up for the 50% seats where subsidy is not available. A better solution may be to enlarge the pool of available seats. There is no reason why costs of medical education in India cannot be brought down to the level of Ukraine.