Only government fee in 50 percent private medical seats : NMC

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The National Medical Commission (NMC) has directed the states to charge fees for 50 percent of MBBS, PG seats in the private medical colleges and deemed medical universities should be charged on par with the existing fee of the government medical colleges in the respective states.

However, it is not clearly mentioned in the notification from when the direction will come into effect.

The fee determined by the State Fee Regulatory Authorities of respective states should be charged for the remaining 50 percent seats. The fee should be determined after taking into account the recurring running cost of the private medical institutions.

As many as 26 directions have also been issued to check excess fees in private medical seats. Capitation fee is strictly prohibited.

The institutions should not function with a profit motive. The cost involved in hospital construction and the salaries of the teachers can be included in the running cost . All institutions should subject their receipts and expenditure to auditing every year and publish the same.

The expenditure of hospitals cannot be completely included in the running cost of the institutions.

Students should be admitted on merit basis in half of the seats of medical institutions for which the government fee has been made applicable.With the NMC order coming into effect, half of the seats in private medical colleges will be transferred to the government sector literally.

Some states including Kerala have fixed a criteria for determining the fees for medical colleges. This is the first time that such a control is being brought in for the deemed universities.

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