As per a report, an MBBS student at Lucknow’s Era Medical College will have to pay a total fee of over Rs 1.2 crore over the five-year course. The highest fee is for the first-year, around Rs 30 lakh and the lowest is in the fifth-year, around Rs 15 lakh. Students are also required to pay a hostel fee of Rs 4 lakh per year, which translates to Rs 33,000 a month. The total amount is around Rs 1,20,97,000.
This fee-structure will be applicable to half of the 150 seats available under the management and NRI quota.
As this fee-structure became public, people responded with anger and concern over the future of our country’s doctors. The president of Resident Doctor’s Association at AIIMS, Delhi commented, ‘Look at the haunting fees structure of the medical college in a country which lacks [a] sufficient number of doctors. Unregulated private invasion in medical education has ruined the merit system of India. Only rich & Influential will become Doctors then don’t expect service & Humanity.’