Sakal Times | 13  May 2016

Source: Sakal Times

Pune: The Supreme Court’s ruling on admissions for MBBS and BDS courses will hit unaided private medical colleges and deemed universities financially. Managements of these institutes have hinted that they would be forced to hike the fees since they do not get any fiscal assistance from the government to impart medical education to the students. 

The recent Supreme Court ruling has come as a blow to the private medical colleges and deemed universities across the country as it has prevented these institutes from conducting a separate test for admission to MBBS and BDS courses and asked them to comply with National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET).

In Maharashtra, there are 36 private medical colleges which are linked to the State common entrance examinations for medical aspirants (MHT-CET). Similarly, there are eight deemed universities in the State, including those which conduct their own entrance exams for medical courses.

Highly placed sources in a Pune-based deemed university hinted to Sakal Times that admissions through NEET would see a rise in the fee structure. “This is essential to ensure the expenses of the colleges are met and quality medical education is imparted to the students,” added the source.

According to the source, unlike government medical colleges, the deemed universities and private medical colleges do not get any financial aid from the government to run medical courses. “The income of such institutes depends on the revenue generated through fee collection from the students. And the quantum of fee depends on expenditure to teach these students. The infrastructure that we provide to the medical students is extremely superior, which has to be maintained by our own resources. Hence, we have to levy high fees from the students,” added the sources.

The present fee structure for MBBS and BDS courses varies in private medical colleges and deemed universities.