Chennai: Contending that the education fee in the Deemed Medical Universities in Tamil Nadu and Puducherry continue to be prohibitively high, sometimes as high as Rs 18 lakhs to a maximum of Rs 22.50 lakhs per year, PMK founder Dr. S. Ramadoss has urged the State government to immediately intervene and fix the fee for the benefit of students.
Till the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) was introduced, these varsities had charged an annual education fee of Rs 6 lakh besides an exorbitant capitation fee of Rs 60 to 80 lakh, he said. Though deemed medical universities were started in the country to facilitate research, there was no mechanism to control or monitor their fee structure and they were a law unto themselves, the PMK leader claimed.
There was a vast difference in fee structure followed in the private medical college and a deemed medical university, he said. The PMK leader urged the Centre to grant States the right to fix the fee structure in deemed medical universities, besides permit a quota system in such varsities.
Hailing the Madras High Court judgment passed on Friday asking the UGC to constitute an expert committee to fix the education fee for Deemed Universities in Tamil Nadu and Puducherry and also passing an interim order limiting the fee for medical education per year to Rs. 13 lakhs, he said this would help medical students to save Rs 50 lakh in five years.