NRI quota, fee hike is planned for Government medical colleges in Karnataka. This initiative is to raise additional funds for the up-gradation of government medical colleges.
The Government of Karnataka is considering providing admission to Non-Resident Indians (NRI) students at state government medical colleges from the academic year 2019-20. This was announced by the State Medical Education Minister D.K. Shivakumar at the Legislative Council during the winter session at Belagavi.
What is NRI Quota and cost of seats:
NRI Quota is where a student should have at least 50% in NEET to be considered qualified. The maximum age for NRI admission is 25 years from the date of the examination.
Presently NRI quota seats costs around 22 lakh to Rs.42 lakh in private medical colleges. More than two third of the NRI Quota seats go vacant in Karnataka as students are unable to afford.
Opposition for NRI Quota:
A member from Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute quoted that giving admissions under NRI quota at government colleges will do injustice to meritorious students from the State. This will decrease the number of seats at government colleges made available to general category students.
The proposal to introduce NRI quota and to hike fees has come as a shocker to students. The teaching community in the government medical colleges in Karnataka are also shocked. The teaching staff are of the opinion that it will be difficult for non-affluent, meritorious students to pursue a career in medicine. .
Students and staff members of medical colleges are of opinion that already excess NRI and Management quota seats are there in the State in private colleges.
Fee hike :
The state government is also considering increasing the fees for medical courses in government colleges by almost 200 per cent.
According to the Minister the increase in fee for undergraduate courses will be from the existing Rs 17,000 to Rs 50,000, and for post-graduate courses from the existing Rs 50,000 to Rs 3 lakh. There are 16 government medical colleges in the state.
The increase will be a 194% hike and the reasons for the increase in the fee is to meet the requirements of the government medical colleges. The increased fund will be utilized to provide quality education and extending the facilities to the employees of the colleges.
Institutional quota seats are up for grabs for students from across the country with NEET. (National Eligibility cum Entrance Test)
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