KATHMANDU, Oct 16: At a time when the private medical colleges have been lobbying to increase the fees of MBBS and BDS, the government has instructed the medical colleges not to increase the fees this year.
A meeting of the cabinet held on Sunday made a decision to this effect, according to the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology (MoEST). The private medical colleges under the Institute of Medicine (IOM), Tribhuvan University and Kathmandu University were preparing to increase the fees.
Presently, the fee structure for MBBS (Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery) courses is Rs 3.805 million in the Kathmandu Valley and Rs 4.04 million outside the Kathmandu Valley. Similarly, the fee structure for BDS (Bachelor in Dental Surgery) is Rs 1.93 million. This fee structure was fixed two years ago. The government has told the private colleges to review the fees only next year.
The colleges which have already charged more fees than the government-fixed ceiling should refund the students, said the officials at the MoEST.