MUMBAI: The state’s Directorate of Medical Education and Research (DMER) on Thursday said that nine private medical colleges in Maharashtra had refused to disclose the fee that they had stipulated for post-graduate courses, delaying admissions in the process.
The fees for half the seats in any private and deemed medical college is decided by the state, and the other half is decided by the institute itself, which includes the NRI quota, said DMER.
“We had asked the colleges to disclose the fee structure for all the three categories - merit, institutional and NRI - as the state, is centralising the admissions to PG medical courses. Nine colleges refused to do so,” said Pravin Shingare, director, DMER.
He added that private colleges had been deciding the fee structure for these quotas on their own. The structure for the remaining seats was decided by the state’s Fee Regulating Authority.
Deemed colleges, on the other hand, have been permitted to decide the fees for all their seats. Till now, the state would admit students only to merit quota seats, while deemed and private colleges would fill the rest of the seats on their own.
Shingare said that the refusal delayed the admission process for PG courses. “The Supreme Court had ordered seats to be alloted by April 15. But, following an appeal from us, the court extended the date to May 9. We displayed the list on May 5,” he said. “The colleges have finally decided to made their fee structure public.”
DMER is also consulting the fee regulating authority about the exorbitant fees in some private and deemed colleges for institutional and NRI quota.