This is so embarrassing to know that, this year the MBS seats in the private medical colleges of Andhra Pradesh under the management quota were sold out at a very high premium, ranging from Rs. 50 lakhs to 70 lakhs for the five year course .
And in a few cases involving NRI candidates, the price of the MBBS seat has gone up to Rs.1 crore. This high premium for the MBBS seats came to the notice of governor ESL Narasimhan, who held a meeting with medical education minister- Kondru Murali and the officials of the department a couple of days ago and ordered them to see that the colleges fill up the management quota seats only through online method as per the merit under the supervision of the Government to prevent sale of seats.
There are 40 medical colleges in the state including 14 of them being managed by the state government and the remaining 26 are private colleges, including three newly sanctioned colleges this year. The total number of seats is 5,600 which include 3,350 seats in private colleges.
There are three categories of seats in the private medical colleges i.e. 50% of seats for Category-A and 10% for Category-B are filled on the basis of results of the state-run Engineering, Medical and Agriculture Common Entrance Test (EAMCET), for a fee of Rs.60,000 and Rs.2,40,000 per annum respectively. The remaining 40% of seats under Category-C are under the Management quota and at the sole discretion of the college managements, though they are supposed to follow the merit based on the marks secured by the students in their Intermediate exam.
As per the government order (GO No.136), the management have to college a fee of Rs.5.5 lakh per annum under this category in four installments, as prescribed by the Admissions and Fee Regulatory Committee constituted by the Government.
The medical education minister Minister said "The sale of management quota seats for high premium was a serious issue and the government would definitely interfere in the matter. The Governor suggested that there should not be any auctioning of management quota seats, which should also be filled up through online system as per the merit. We will discuss the issue with Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy and come to the decision".
However, Rao admitted that the private medical colleges would not sustain if they collect only Rs.5.5 lakh per seat per annum under the management quota, but refused to disclose how much they are actually charging. "One should remember that it requires huge infrastructure for the college and also an associated teaching hospital. Besides, we have to pay huge salaries to the faculty and also doctors at the hospital. We are not supposed to charge any fee from patients in our hospitals, unlike the corporate hospitals. Therefore, the private colleges are compelled to collect more fees under the management quota in order top sustain themselves", he added.