Govt sub-panel for revising medical education fees

Kathmandu, July 15

A government sub-committee, which was formed to study the possibility for revising the fee structure of medical education in the country, has recommended new fee structures for MBBS and BDS programmes.

The committee has recommended new fee structures for medical colleges. Quality of education, allocated seats, infrastructure, condition of hospital, nature of educational institution, geographical variation, inflation and investment, among other variants, should be taken into consideration for adjusting the fee structure, according to the committee.

The committee that has National Planning Commission member Usha Jha and University Grant Commission’s Chairman Bhim Prasad Subedi as members has recommended continuous monitoring of medical institutions. It has suggested ensuring transparency in fee structures of medical colleges.

“We have not recommended fee structure in exact figure, but the fee structure must be revised. Medical education fee in Kathmandu valley and outside the valley can’t be the same,” said Jha.

The sub-committee has also recommended allocation of seats depending upon the infrastructure of the college, faculties, quality of education and condition of hospital.

As per the government set fee structure, medical colleges in the Kathmandu valley cannot charge more than Rs 38.5 lakh from students, while fee structure for colleges outside the Valley is Rs 42.45 lakh for MBBS. The fee structure for bachelor’s in dental surgery is Rs 19.32 lakh.

“The fee structure should be adjusted, but the government shouldn’t take any decision that gives huge profit to medical colleges. I hope the committee has done all the necessary research. Inflation, price of chemicals, salaries of staff and expenditure of the medical colleges should be studied in detail if the fee structure has to be increased. The fee structures should not be increased upon the pressure of private medical colleges. It should not hit the guardians,” said Kedar Bhakta Mathema, an education expert.

As per the National Medical Education Act, Medical Education Commission is the authentic  body for fixing fees for medical colleges, granting or revoking affiliation to medical colleges across the country and regulating the entire medical education sector.

Considering the investment and cost of university, academy or educational institute, inflation, geographical location, scholarship and free medical services, the commission will determine the fee structure in consultation with universities, academies and medical institutions.

“Vice-chairman of Medical Education Commission hasn’t been appointed yet. The commission will take decision on revising the fee structure for medical education on the bases of demand, law and guidelines,” said Chandra Kanta Bhusal, member secretary of Medical Education Commission.