NMC issues guidelines with respect to fees in private medical colleges
The National Medial Commission (NMC) has issued guidelines for the determination of fees and all other charges in respect of 50 per cent of the seats in the undergraduate and postgraduate medical courses at private, deemed to be universities, governed under the NMC Act, 2019.
After extensive consultations, an NMC statement said, it has been decided that the fee of the 50 per cent seats in the private medical college and deemed universities should be at par with the fee in the Government Medical College of that particular state and Union Territory. The benefit of this fee structure would be first made available to those candidates who have availed government quota seats, but limited to the extent of 50 per cent of total sanctioned strength of the respective medical college/ deemed university.
“However, if the government quota seats are less than 50 per cent of the total sanctioned seats, the remaining candidates would avail benefit of fee equivalent to the government medical college fees, based purely on the merit,” the NMC statement added.
According to the principles which would be followed in fee and other charges fixation of private medical colleges and deemed universities, no institution should charge capitation fee in any form or manner. It needs to be ensured that the principle of education being "not-for-profit", is strictly adhered to.
"Therefore, all operating costs and other expenses for running and maintenance of the institution must be covered in the fees. Excessive expense and exorbitant profit components should not be allowed to be added to the fees, according to the principles," it added.
An expert committee, the NMC statement said, constituted by the NMC recommended a total of 26 broad guidelines for fixing fees at the private medical colleges and deemed to be universities, which were uploaded in the “NMC website as on 25.05.2021 for inviting public comments”. Those recommendations were then examined to formulate these guidelines.