Karnataka hikes fees for medical, dental courses in private colleges

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The increase is 15% for government quota seats in private colleges and 25% for private quota seats, according to a report in Times of India.

The Karnataka government has hiked the fees for medical and dental undergraduate seats in private colleges by 10 to 25 percent at a time when people are reeling under the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

The increase is 15% for government quota seats in private colleges and 25% for private quota seats, according to a report in Times of India.

The new fee for MBBS would be Rs 1.28 lakh for government seats in private colleges and Rs 9.82 lakh for private seats. Last year, the fee for a government quota seat in a medical college was Rs 1.11 lakh, while for a private quota seat, it was Rs 7.85 lakh.

In dental colleges, the fee for government seat in BDS would be Rs 83,357 (against Rs 72,484 last year) and for private seat, Rs 6.66 lakh (Rs 5.32 lakh last year).

There are about 25 private medical colleges in Karnataka. The private medical colleges association had sought an increase of 30% for private seat fees in their colleges.

The hike comes at a time when many have lost their jobs or taken pay cuts because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Colleges and schools had been told not to increase the fees due the financial hardship that a large section of people are facing this year.

The Hindu reported that many student organisations have opposed the move and have urged the government to roll back the increase, failing which they would go on a State-wide agitation.

Amaresh Kadagada, State President, Students Federation of India, said the government’s decision was unacceptable. “People are not able to pay school fees for their children. By increasing fees, the government is denying students from lower income groups and middle class families access to medical and dental education,” he said.

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