Kerala medical admission 2017: The Supreme Court of India in an interim order has fixed the fees of Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) programme in Kerala’s self-financing medical colleges. The decision on fixing the fees has been taken by a bench of Justices S A Bobde and L Nageswara Rao who said that Rs 5 lakh must be paid at the time of admission while the rest will be given as bank guarantee. The court added that the MBBS programme aspirants will be given a window of 15 days to furnish the bank guarantee to the institute, according to Indian Express. The report further quotes him as saying that the interim structure will continue until the fee fixation committee headed by Justice (retired) Rajendra Babu decides the final amount. It added that the additional amount will be kept in a separate bank account until the final verdict.
The decision to fix the fees at Rs 11 lakh was taken keeping in mind that fees charged by the management last year. Students paid an amount of Rs 10 lakh for the session that started in 2016 after which Rs 11 lakh seemed feasible for the time being till the final verdict is out.
Attorney General K K Venugopal, appeared on behalf of the Centre and contended that 50 per cent of the students admitted in these colleges belonged to Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes and will find it difficult to furnish bank guarantees of Rs 6 lakh, as per the IE report. Further while talking about the bank guarantee, Venugopal said that it was no relief for poor students. The Attorney General further requested the court to adjourn the matter till the time Justice Rajendra Babu committee comes out with the fee details, hopefully by October 15. However, the plea was declined by the bench.