Health Ministry asks MCI board to reduce the cost of medical
The government has asked India’s apex medical education regulator, the Medical Council of India Board of Governors, to find ways of reducing the humungous cost of medical education in the country.

The Health Ministry has flagged the high cost of MBBS fees being charged in private sector, especially by deemed universities, calling for urgent engagement with stakeholders to check this trend and cut down on costs.

Top sources in the Health Ministry confirmed to The Tribune that the cost of medical education was a major unresolved issue before the erstwhile MCI, which the government had to dissolve on September 26 owing to its lack of cooperation on medical education reforms.

“The erstwhile MCI refused to look at fees being charged by colleges and universities for MBBS and PG courses. They said it was not part of their mandate under Indian Medical Council Act, 1956,” a Health Ministry official said.

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