Limited places and high fees in private colleges force MBBS aspirants to go abroad: The Tribune India

Tribune press service

Karam Prakash

Patiala, March 23

The exorbitant tuition fees in private colleges and the limited number of places in government colleges are the reasons that compel state MBBS aspirants to seek admission in other countries such as Ukraine.

Six of the state’s 10 medical schools are private. These have the bulk of the seats. Out of 1,475 MBBS seats in the state, 775 are in private colleges while 700 are in four government medical schools. Private college MBBS course fees excluding accommodation and other fees are around Rs 50 lakh per student.

Strong competition

1,475 MBBS seats in the state

775 in private colleges

700 in 4 government colleges

10K qualified for admissions in 2021

Course fees Rs 50L MBBS

Apart from tuition fees, some private institutes charge 15% of the total fees as registration fees and around Rs 1.75 lakh per year as administrative fees. All in all, one has to spend more than Rs 70 lakh to study medicine in Punjab.

About 14,847 MBBS aspirants from the state had appeared for the NEET UG 2021, a common entrance test for MBBS admission. Of the total, more than 10,000 have qualified for admission to 1,475 MBBS seats in the state.

It has come to light that some of the top ranked students have opted to go abroad, in the face of unaffordable tuition fees at private colleges in Punjab. The fees for MBBS courses in many countries – China, Georgia, Belarus, Ukraine – are much lower.

Dr. Harish Kumar, Professor at the University of Punjab, said, “I had to send my son to Ukraine because I cannot afford the cost of an MBBS seat in the private institutes in the state.”

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