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Thiruvananthapuram: Justice KK Dinesan Committee permitted only a hike of 5.76 per cent in the fee of self-financing MBBS seats in the Jubilee Mission Medical College, Thrissur. It is assumed that a similar hike will be permitted in other private medical colleges as well.
The management sought to increase the annual fee to Rs 11 lakh. However, the Jubilee Mission was permitted an increase of Rs 40,022 in the tuition fee. Additionally, a 5.76 percent hike was made in special fees and hostel fees. The NRI fee remains at Rs 20 lakhs.
The High Court had directed the Fee Determination Committee to fix the fees in colleges under Christian management. Jubilee Mission fees was considered by the committee accordingly.
The committee has determined the fees for the students admitted in 2022-2023, while they have admitted students on the basis of last year's fees. However, a provision was included that the newly determined fees would be applicable to the students. The fee determination of other colleges is expected to be completed in the coming days.
Fees are determined based on criteria such as the audited income-expenditure figure of the colleges and the number of students. However, the increase was allowed considering only the rate of inflation. Despite the delay in fee determination, the management may not resort to other legal proceedings.
Earlier, the National Medical Commission had suggested that admissions should be made on half the seats in self-financed colleges on government fees. However, the management had approached the court against this. As per the court's order, the existing method is continuing.
Currently, the fee in various self-supporting medical colleges ranges from Rs 6.61 to Rs 7.65 lakhs, while NRI seats have a fee of Rs 20 lakhs.