“Cost for an MBBS at a private college in Tamil Nadu has doubled, and will now cost close to Rs 2 crore. Private medical colleges and deemed universities in Tamil Nadu have increased fees for MBBS after the CBSE released the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) results on August 17.” 

Private universities in Tamil Nadu have started increasing the tuition fee for MBBS courses this academic year in anticipation that all states will be mandated to take up the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET). In premier colleges, a student joining MBBS this year will end up paying at least Rs80 lakh for the four-and-a-half-year course, not to speak of the illegal capitation fee.

The Supreme Court’s order has made it mandatory for medical colleges to admit students solely on merit. But many eligible students may still have to stay out if they are unable to afford the fee charged by private universities. Effectively, colleges can make a mockery of the list by increasing the fee and admitting only those who can afford the higher fee.

“If we don’t have a merit list, these colleges will continue to demand capitation fee. Seats will be given to people who can afford and not to those who deserve. We have never been able to stop it. NEET is important for private medical colleges,” said Dr GN Ravindranath, who spearheads Doctors’ Association for Social Equality.