"NMC Recommended to Rethink Madras HC Order of Reserving 50% Private Seats For Same Tuition Fee as Govt. Colleges"
The National Medical Commission (NMC) has been contacted by the Madras High Court to reconsider its position about the charge for 50% of the seats in private medical colleges being equal to the rate for government medical colleges. The high court said that the structure must change so that merit is not impacted, according to Live Law.
The NMC guidelines published on February 3, 2022 state that the remaining students may pay the same tuition as government medical colleges if the government quota seats represent less than 50% of the total sanctioned seats.
Private medical institutions and deemed universities petitioned the Madras High Court in August in opposition to the MBBS and PG fee guidelines in response to the NMC’s order.
According to the petitioners, the NMC order’s implementation will result in discrimination because the second half of students have to pay for the first half, for whom the charge will be decreased.
According to a Live Law report, the petitioners had also contested the legality of Section 10 of the National Medical Commission Act 2019, which provided the commission authority to set rules for determining prices for 50% of seats in private medical institutions.
The current fee structure prescribed must continue until the such exercise is finished, the high court ruled today in upholding Section 10 of the NMC Act 2019.
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