Much was said by the Pinarayi Vijayan-led Left Democratic Front (LDF) government when the seat allocation process for private medical colleges in the State was announced. It even made a statement that the entire process of seat allocation and decision on the fee structure would be under the control of the government itself. But when it came to self-financing medical colleges, the government’s stand changed. And the rest is a story of chaos for the students.
As the government changed its initial stand on the issue, the fee structure seems to have been affected. Like in the previous years, the change in fees is going to be a burden for the students. This time, the hike in fees of the self-financed medical colleges is around 30-35%.
The agreement signed between the self-financed medical colleges and the government says that 50% merit seats of the total seats would be handled by the government. Out of these 50% seats, in 30% of merit seats the fee would be Rs. 2.50 lakh. In the previous year it was Rs. 1.85 lakh. The rest of the 20% seats would be for below poverty line (BPL) category. The fee for this group would be Rs. 25,000 as it was in the previous years. In the rest of the 50% seats that is allocated to the managements, 35% of the seats comes under the category of management quota for Rs. 11 lakh. In the previous year, it was Rs. 8.50 lakh. The remaining 15% of the NRI quota seats would carry a fee of Rs. 15 lakh, which was Rs. 12.50 lakh in the previous year.