Thiruvananthapuram: There are 943 seats in eight government medical colleges and 1,700 seats in 16 self-financed medical colleges. The total number of seats to be filled by the centralized allocation process at the medical colleges were 2,463.
Of the 52,000 places in engineering, 32,000 will be filled by the commissioner for entrance exams.
According to official figures, 5.44 per cent seats are in state government colleges, 3.06 per cent in the state-aided sector and remaining in colleges under private management.
According to the communication of the Union Health Ministry, the admission to the entire MBBS, BDS seats, including those under minority quota and NRI quota in the self-financing medical and dental colleges in the state, will be done through a Centralized Counseling to be done by the Commissioner for Entrance Examination from the merit list of Kerala State to be prepared by the CEE on the basis of NEET (UG)-2018 score.
There are 180 engineering colleges in Kerala which include state run and self-financed institutions. Of the 60,000 seats sanctioned in these colleges last year, more than 30,000 seats were vacant.
As many seats remained vacant last year, some engineering colleges were closed and the number of seats was reduced in some others.
Early fixing of lower fee to help MBBS students
The Justice Rajendra Babu committee has set the fee structure for medical colleges even before the results are announced. The fees for various colleges range from Rs 4.85 lakh to Rs 5.5 lakh for 2016-17 and 2018-19.
The NRI quota fees for all posts have been fixed at Rs 20 lakh. The managers are likely to approach the court against the fee structure.
During the previous years, the fees were decided on the basis of a seat sharing agreement between the managers and the state government.
However, last year the court had said that the agreement for sharing seats and fees between the management and the government was illegal.
Following this, the fee regulation committee headed by Justice Rajendra Babu recommended a unified fee of Rs 5.5 lakh per annum which was substantially higher and was against the concept of merit seats.
The committee set the fees according to the expenditure figures presented by the self-financing colleges. However, the Supreme Court later allowed the management to collect Rs 11 lakh as taxes.
In 2016, the annual fee in 20 percent of the total 50 percent merit seats was fixed at Rs 25,000 to make it accessible to students from economically weaker sections as per an agreement with the management. The fee in the remaining 30 percent merit seats was Rs 2.5 lakh. That year, the fee for seats of Rs 35 per cent in management quota was Rs 11 lakh and that in NRI quota Rs 15 lakh.
As it became clear that such arrangements could not happen, the state government had recently issued guidelines for a new scholarship scheme to fund the entire tuition fees for BPL students admitted to self-financing medical colleges. The corpus for the scholarship fund is found from NRI quota rights and also from other resources.
Out of Rs 20 lakh each collected as fees from NRI quota students last year, Rs 5 lakh each has been earmarked for the scholarship fund corpus. The corpus fund would be handled by the commissioner for entrance exams.