Staff Reporter

M.S. Ramaiah College has raised the fees for meritorious students from Rs. 35,000 to Rs. 1.6 lakh

Bangalore: A year after enrolling themselves for the medical course, students of M.S. Ramaiah College were aghast when they saw a circular on the notice board.

The college had increased the fees for meritorious students from Rs. 35,000 to Rs. 1.6 lakh.

The students, who had been admitted under merit category, were asked to pay Rs. 2.5 lakh for two years, within 15 days, as recommended by the Rangavittalachar Committee.

`Management unfair'

One student said: "The management is being unfair in demanding that the fees be paid within 15 days. How will we be able to get the money in such a short time?"

The students, on Saturday, met Minister for Higher Education D.H. Shankaramurthy outside the Common Entrance Test Cell here and narrated their problems to him.

They also showed him the circular.

Minister's assurance

The Minister is said to have assured the students that they need not have to pay the extra fees.

When contacted, the principal S. Kumar said the Ranagavittalachar Committee report was binding on all and not just on COMED-K (Consortium of Medical and Dental Colleges- Karnataka) students.

The students admitted by COMED-K have been paying Rs. 3.75 lakh as fees.

"They are justified in saying that they do not want to pay that much any more. Another batch of students that pays Rs. 1.65 lakh as fees has to pay Rs. 3,000 extra. The students admitted under merit and pay Rs. 35,000 feel the pinch," he said. He also said that making one student pay for the education of another was a crime.

Decision not `sudden'

The decision was not "sudden," he said.

"I presume that my students read the newspapers. If they dos, they would have anticipated this. It is wrong for them to expect relief," Dr. Kumar added.