Talks between government, self-financing medical colleges fail

 The talks between the government and self-financing medical colleges did not reach an agreement after the government did not agree to the demand of fee hike by the managements.

Published: 15th June 2017 05:03 AM  |   Last Updated: 15th June 2017 05:03 AM   |  A+A-

By Express News Service

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The talks between the government and self-financing medical colleges on Wednesday did not reach an agreement after the government did not agree to the demand of fee hike by the managements. 

Health Minister K K Shylaja held discussions with the Kerala Private Medical College Management Association and the Christian Medical Association separately. After the talks failed, it was decided to leave the issue of fees structure before the Justice Rajendra Babu Commission.

 The Private Medical Colleges association is learned to have demanded `15 lakh in 85 per cent of seats and `20 lakh for NRI seats if the government was for a unified fees structure. Meanwhile, the Christian management had demanded `7 lakh for the 85 per cent of seats and `15 lakh for the NRI seats. They also put forth an annual scholarship scheme of `85 lakh for economically backward students.  

The private managements also put forth a formula that they were ready for a lower fees in 50 per cent of seats and higher fees in the rest of the seat as like the previous years. However, the government was for a unified fees in the self-financing colleges.

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