Medical education in Andhra Pradesh is likely to be more expensive than ever before after an enormous hike in course fee is introduced in the coming academic session. To make life even tougher for candidates, chances are high they may have to endure the burden of multiple entrance examinations.
According to reports, the demand from private medical colleges to hike their fees and have their own entrance test may yield in both of these outcomes.
The A.P State Council of Higher Education (APSCHE), the body responsible for overseeing common entrance tests in Andhra Pradesh, is likely to issue a notification in a couple of days from now to seek updates from private medical regarding their willingness to administer the test.
In the event the proposals from private colleges are accepted, students may have to sit in an additional entrance test apart from the EAMCET. However, considering the fact that competition is high and seats are scarce, the decision to impose yet another exam on students is not going to be easy. The issue may even become politically as well as administratively sensitive.
Meanwhile, the Admission and Fee Regulation Committee (AFRC) is planning to take a final stand as soon as possible on the demand for stiff rise in the existing fee structure. Apparently, colleges have long been arguing for a common fee o f INR 10 lakh per year for all the seats. Currently, almost half of the total number of seats (A category) must be filled with a fee of INR 60,000 per students while fee for 10 per cent seats (B category) is much higher at INR 2.4 lakh. Colleges also have the option to fill the 25 per cent management quota seats with a whopping 5.5 lakh per student. The fee for the seats under NRI quota has not been prescribed yet.
However, if the different categories are revoked, there are chances that the colleges may settle for a fee anywhere between INR 3.5 lakh to INR 5.0 lakh.