‘NMC order to reduce fees for 50% students in private medical institutes ‘unconstitutional’: Petitioners tell Madras HC | Education News,The Indian Express
Sources in the NMC have further stated that action will be taken against private medical colleges upon complaints of non-implementation of the order.
— Written by Biplob Das
A petition has been filed in the Madras High Court against the National Medical Commission’s (NMC) directive to reduce fees for half of the total approved seats in private medical colleges. Education Promotion Society of India (EPSI), a not-for-profit autonomous nodal agency founded by educational entrepreneurs, intellectuals, and policymakers, has challenged the NMC directive arguing that it is unconstitutional and infringes on the fundamental rights of citizens to establish and administer private educational Institutions.
The petitioners have asked for an interim stay on the NMC order and pleaded the High Court to quash the directive because of its unconstitutionality.
In February, Prime Minister Modi had announced that 50 per cent of the fees in private medical institutes will be reduced to the fee level of government institutes. In March, the NMC announced that medical institutes will have to comply with this decision from the new academic year.
There are 85,000 medical seats in the country out of which half are in private colleges (41,190) and the other half in government colleges (43,237). Due to the NMC order about 20,000 more seats (50 per cent of private seats) will be available to students at low fees on par with government institutes. “The students will first be given the seats at government medical colleges, their next option would be the seats in private medical colleges (at government determined fees) and then the rest of the private seats. All admissions will be through merit,” an NMC member had told Indian Express in March.