Mumbai: Nine private medical colleges, which had refused to disclose their fee structure for students admitted to post-graduation (PG) courses under the institutional and non-resident Indian (NRI) quotas, have finally revealed details of the fees.
The state government, which had not allocated around 300 seats of these colleges to aspirants because the colleges refused to make the fee structure known, will now offer the seats in the personal counselling round, which is slated to begin on May 22, said Pravin Shingare, director at Directorate Medical Education and Research (DMER). Another 100 seats from other private and deemed colleges, which were not filled in the first round, will also be up for grabs.
The state had asked private and deemed colleges to disclose their fee structure for all three categories of students - merit, institutional and NRI - as the state, for the first time, is conducting centralised admission for all the seats in PG medical courses.
The private colleges have been deciding the fee structure for the 15% NRI and 35% institutional quota seats on their own. The fee structure for the remaining seats is decided by the state's Fee Regulating Authority (FRA). The deemed colleges, on the other hand, have been permitted to decide the fees for all their seats. Till now, the state would admit students only to merit quota seats, while the deemed and private colleges would fill the rest of the seats on their own.
According to the DMER, resistance by colleges has delayed the admission process for PG medical courses and the students were deprived of admission to these colleges in the first round.
The seemingly exorbitant fees for institutional and NRI quota in private colleges has raised many eyebrows, with the state Fee Regulating Authority (FRA) looking into the issue. "FRA decides uniform fees for all the categories by considering the expenses incurred by colleges. If the government allows the colleges to charge more from NRI students, we will reduce the fees for other categories," said a member of FRA.