The National Medical Commission (NMC) recently released a notification regarding the guidelines for determination of fees.
The NMC has decided that 50% of the seats in the private medical college and deemed universities should be at par with the fee in the government medical college (GMC) of that particular state & UT.
“After extensive consultations, it has been decided that the Fee of the 50% seats in the Private Medical College & Deemed Universities should be at par with the Fee in the Government Medical Colleges of that particular State & UT” reads the notification.
“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% of total sanctioned strength of the respective medical college/deemed university. However, if the government quota seats are less than 50% of total sanctioned seats, the remaining candidates would avail benefit of fee equivalent to the government medical college fees, based purely on the merit” the notification added.
No institution should charge capitation fee in any form or manner.
For the determination of fees for MBBS/PG courses, it needs to be ensured that the principle of education being “not-for-profit”, is strictly adhered to. Therefore, it is necessary that whereas 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, no excessive expense and exorbitant profit component should be allowed to be added to the fees.
The operating cost should primarily form the basis for the determination of fees for medical education. The operating cost should be arrived at on the basis of the last annual audited accounts of the institution.
The operating cost includes salary, administrative services cost, contingency expenditure, cost of maintenance of laboratories, cost of acquisition of journals and books for libraries, building maintenance, amortization of capital expenditure invested on the infrastructure facilities, and other recurring expenditure to be determined by the FRC.