Karnataka

15% hike in fee of PG medical, dental seats

Postgraduate medical and dental education has just become more expensive with the State government deciding to hike college fees by 15%. Medical Education Minister Sharanprakash R. Patil confirmed the hike.

With this, the fee structure for the 2018-2019 academic year will be ₹7.59 lakh for institutional quota seats and ₹5.06 lakh for government quota seats. For dental seats, institutional quota seats will now be ₹4.04 lakh and ₹2.58 lakh for government quota seats.

The schedule for document verification and counselling process will be announced later this week.

Although the State government was hesitant to make the move, with elections round the corner, it had to accede to private college managements, who refused to sign the consensual agreement unless fees was hiked, said sources.

The Karnataka Professional Colleges Foundation and the Karnataka Religious and Linguistic Minority Professional Colleges Association had initially asked for a 50% hike stating that fees in medical and dental colleges in other States are significantly higher.

The news has disappointed students and they feel that medical education has become unaffordable for the middle class.

Poojitha S., a PG medical seat aspirant, said, “A 15% hike is extremely steep. Most of us who are vying for a PG seat only have a stipend amount and do not get huge salaries. It will be difficult for us to fund our education,” she said.

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