Naveen S Garewal
Tribune News Service
Hyderabad, December 15
Telangana has decided to retain the existing fee for the undergraduate classes in the private medical and dental colleges in the state. This will apply to all the private unaided non-minority medical and dental colleges for the academic year 2020-21. The government has announced that the decision has been taken keeping in view the Covid-19 pandemic.
The state government issued orders for this late last evening. This decision was announced after the Telangana State Admission and Fee Regulatory Committee asked the government to fix the fee structure for MBBS and BDS courses for a period of 2020-2023.
The government orders say that the tuition fee in medical colleges for medical students for the entire year in all A category (50 per cent) would remain at Rs 60,000, for students in B Category (35 per cent) is Rs 11,00,000 and tuition fee for C Category (15 per cent).
The annual tuition fee across dental colleges in the State for students under A Category (50 per cent) is Rs 45,000, B Category (35 per cent) is Rs 4,00,000 and C Category (15 per cent) is Rs 5,00,000.
The order further clarifies that the students will pay the same tuition fee for the entire course period, as paid during the time of the admission. The medical or dental college will collect the tuition fee every year in advance only for that particular year.
Telangana state has one of the lowest fee structures for medical students in the country. In comparison Punjab increased the fee for Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) course fee in May this year by 78 per cent from Rs 4.4 lakh to Rs 7.81 lakh for 2019-20 session making the Punjab fee structure to be among the highest in the country.
While there is no increase in fee in Telangana, in Punjab the fee for the four-and-a-half years course has been split to Rs 1.5 lakh the first year, Rs 1.65 lakh the second year, 1.80 lakh the third and 1.95 lakh the fourth year, and Rs 91,000 for the final six months.