Hyderabad: The cost of a MBBS seat in private medical colleges is touching Rs 1 crore in Telangana this year. Till previous years, the cost of MBBS seats in Category ‘B’ in almost all private medical colleges was hovering between Rs 60 to Rs 70 lakh while the cost of PG medical seats would cross the Rs 1-crore mark. But this year colleges have hiked their price citing various reasons.
Even the price of a BDS seat in private dental colleges is reaching an unprecedented Rs 40 lakh. In Andhra Pradesh, however, the price is still in the same range as last year at about Rs 70 lakh in private medical colleges.
According to government regulations, 50 per cent of the seats in private medical colleges have to be given up by the management for Eamcet counselling while about 35 per cent seats are reserved for Category B and the remaining for NRIs. The state also fixes fees for these seats but they are usually sold off unofficially.
Counselling for TS Eamcet for medical seats is to begin by this month end but colleges are still selling seats. The highest quoted price is said to be Rs 90 lakh per seat in a couple of Hyderabad based medical colleges.
Negotiators say the price could cross the Rs 1-crore mark by next week if seats still remain. “The reason for the high price is the limited number of seats that are expected to be available.
MCI inspections report is yet to come so colleges are cashing in on that. Time left is also less,” a negotiator said, asking not to be named. The MCI has given its nod to all the existing seats so there is no degree of uncertainty there.