PARENTS OF medical college aspirants in the city have demanded a uniform fee structure for private and deemed medical colleges across the state. They have sought government intervention in the matter and a delegation has written to Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis.
While students are supposed to start filling in their preference forms from Tuesday, there is no clarity yet on the fee structure of colleges. The Directorate of Medical Education and Research (DMER) was supposed to announce the fee structure on Monday.
“There is no news of the fee structure yet on the website of DMER. We can’t decide on our preferences unless we know the fees of the colleges,” said Rui Kapoor, a parent from Andheri.
Demanding regularisation of fees of deemed and private medical colleges, the parents said there should be a common admission process and a common fee structure across the state.
“There is no uniformity of fee among colleges. Most colleges charge almost four times the fee of government colleges,” said Kapoor. The parents, at a press conference organised on Monday, said that there is no rationale behind the fee structure of some colleges.
“We have to consider our budgets before applying to colleges but at this point of time, we don’t know the fees,” said Shreedevi Poduval, another parent from Chembur. “The fee structure in government colleges is around Rs 78,000 but that for deemed colleges start from Rs 9 lakh and go upto Rs 16 lakh,” she said.
Of the 6,205 medical seats in Maharashtra, only 2,810 are in government colleges, admissions to which were done through MHT-CET scores.
There are 3,395 seats — 1,720 in private colleges and 1,675 in deemed colleges — which will now be filled through NEET scores.
Poduval said the non-uniformity of fee was against the very idea of National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test, that aims at standardising admission procedure of medical colleges across India. Pravin Shinghare, Director of DMER, was not available for comment.
The parents said there was no transparency in the admission process of deemed and private colleges. “We don’t know the number of applicants or where our children stand in the NEET race,” said Poduval.
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