In self-funded medical colleges in Tamil Nadu, the one-year fee for government reserved seats for MBBS and BDS courses has been increased from Rs 4.3 lakh to Rs 4.5 lakh. Similarly, the one-year fee for administrative quota seats has been increased from Rs 12.5 lakhs to Rs 13.5 lakhs. Furthermore, reservation costs for NRAs have also increased. Last year it was Rs 23.5 lakhs while in the current year it is Rs 24.5 lakhs.
If the reserved seats for NRAs are not filled, they will be transferred to the general pool. The fee for such allocated seats is set at Rs 21.5 lakhs per year. Currently, the fees set by the Fee Setting Committee are special fees, enrollment fees, tuition fees, sports fees, lab fees, etc.
Apart from these fees, private medical colleges are also allowed to collect 40,000 per student for development fund. In addition, accommodation costs, transportation costs and food costs are not included in the current rates. It must be paid separately. As a result, the students are required to pay a maximum of one lakh annually in addition to the current rate.
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There is a growing demand for college boards to institute group insurance policies for students. While educators and parents have expressed their opinion that the cost of medical courses is already high, current rates have risen and students are now required to pay additional fees.
Two new private medical universities in Tamil Nadu will start this year. The government has reserved seats in private medical universities namely Thanalakshmi Srinivasan University and Venkateswara Medical College Hospital for Rs 5.4 lakh and administrative quota seats has been set at Rs 16.2 lakhs. For NRAs, Rs 29.4 lakh has been set as a fee.
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