Karnataka

10% fee hike likely for medical, dental courses

The fees for medical and dental courses is likely to increase by 10% for the 2018–19 academic year.

After a meeting with private medical and dental college managements, Medical Education Minister D.K. Shivakumar on Monday said the State government had convened a meeting with private medical college associations to sign a consensual agreement but no decision was made in this regard. He added that college managements were asking for an increase in the pay scale. Another round of meeting would be held on Wednesday.

M.R. Jayaram, chairman of the Karnataka Professional Colleges Foundation, said college managements had asked for fees to be increased by 15%, but the government had agreed to a 10% hike. Sources in the foundation said they were likely to agree to the 10% proposed hike.

The Karnataka Religious and Linguistic Minority Professional Colleges’ Association, too, has asked the State government to enhance the fees by 15%.

For 2017–18, the fees was ₹77,000 for the government quota category in private medical colleges, while a seat under the institutional quota in private medical colleges cost ₹6.32 lakh.

Although Karnataka has one of the lowest fee structure compared with the other States, there has been a steep increase in the fee for medical and dental courses since the introduction of the NEET.

‘Will fight it out in court’

With the Medical Council of India denying permission for many medical colleges in Karnataka, Mr. Shivakumar said the State would “fight it out” in the court. The State has lost over 800 medical seats from six colleges, including a government college, this year.

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