The Karnataka state government is making moves to hike annual fees for government medical colleges to an abnormal level of over 200 per cent. This was indicated by Medical Education Minister D K Shivakumar in the Legislative Council’s winter session in Belagavi.
According to him, the government is considering increasing the annual fee for undergraduate courses from the existing Rs 17,000 to Rs 50,000, and for post-graduate courses from the existing Rs 50,000 to Rs 3 lakh.
There are 16 government medical colleges in the state. This will mean a 194 per cent hike and the reason given by the minister for this steep increase is to meet the fund requirements of the government colleges pertaining to the quality of education and extending the facilities to the employees at the colleges.
Besides, the minister said that the government is considering providing admission to Non-Resident Indian (NRI) students at state government medical colleges from the academic year 2019-20.
However, student community in the state strongly opposing government’s move to increase the fee and also to admit NRI students. Even faculty members are also cautioning the government in this regard.
A senior faculty member said that “Giving admissions under NRI quota at government colleges will do injustice to meritorious students from the state. This will reduce the number of seats at government colleges made available to general category students.”