KU sets higher MBBS fees defying govt

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Kathmandu University (KU) has set higher fees for MBBS course defying the ceiling set by the government for medical education.

The government on December 4, 2016 had set a limit of Rs 3.55 million for MBBS course offered by medical colleges inside the Kathmandu Valley and Rs 3.85 million outside the Valley after repeated fasts-unto-death by Dr Govinda KC. The fee limit is valid even for the new session.

KU, however, has fixed a fee of Rs 4.99 million for College of Medical Science (Bharatpur) and Manipal Medical College (Pokhara); Rs 4.79 million for Lumbini Medical College (Palpa), Nepalgunj Medical College (Kohalpur), and Nobel Medical College (Biratnagar); and Rs 4.29 million for Devdaha Medical College (Rupandehi) and Birat Medical College (Biratnagar).

It has exceeded the limit even inside Kathmandu Valley setting a fee of Rs 4.39 million for Nepal Medical College (Jorpati) and Kathmandu Medical College (Sinamangal); and Rs 3.90 million for KU's own medical college in Dhulikhel.

These colleges can also charge university registration fee, council registration fee, examination fee, affiliation fee, internship fee, hostel fee and other fees on top of the set fee.

KU has also set a fee of Rs 2.20 million for Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS) on top of the additional fees. The Institute of Medicine (IOM) under the Tribhuvan University has set a limit of Rs 1.932 million for dental colleges affiliated to it.

Administration Chief of KU Rajendra Koju has argued it has been forced to set a higher fee as the limit set by the government is impractical. "The fee limit set by the government is not practical. Medical colleges charged higher last year even when we directed them to charge the fee fixed by the government," Koju stated. He claimed that KU has informed the government that it will set a higher fee as the fee limit is impractical.

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