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Health Ministry Refuses Role in NEET PG Exam fee fixation by NBE

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Health Ministry Refuses Role in NEET PG Exam fee fixation by NBE

New Delhi: Despite hue and cry amongst medical students of National Board of Examinations (NBE) making huge profits on the examination fee charged by it, the Union health ministry has refused any hand in the matter pointing out that it has no role whatsoever in the fee fixation process or its related decisions for the NEET PG entrance examinations.

The Health Ministry refused its involvement while responding to an RTI, that was filed by a medical student with both the ministry as well as NBE in the matter

The RTI response of NBE had earlier sent a wave of shock amongst the fraternity when it revealed that NBE had collected Rs 48 crore as application fees from NEET PG aspirants 2018, it spent around a third of that amount to conduct the exam thus incurring a profit of around Rs 30 crore

With NBE being an autonomous body under the Government of India, medical students had condemned the profits stating that ideally, NBE should have subsidized the fees.

The NBE charges Rs 3,750 from each student (in General and OBC categories) for applying for the post-graduate medical courses’ test, while prominent institutes having national importance such as All India Insititute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) charges only Rs 1,000 and Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research (JIPMER) charges Rs 1,600 for the application.

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Given the above figures, for this year NEET PG examinations, NBE had received Rs 48.07 crore as application fee, of which it paid Rs 8.01 crore to the company (TCS) that conducted the computer-based test, as per an RTI reply from NBE on June 28.

In comparison, AIIMS, which conducts tests twice a year, received Rs 5.04 crore for its AIIMS PG 2018 January session, of which it spent Rs 3.68 crore for conducting the exam, as per an RTI reply on April 4, 2018.

In response to other expenses, NBE didn’t respond to several appeals and on June 14 said, “It is not possible to determine the expenditure,” adds News18.

The daily adds that another RTI response from the Union Ministry of Health revealed that the ministry does not deal with the application fees as prescribed by National Board of Examination for NEET PG.

This was indeed in stark contrast with the NBE statement on the issue. News18 reports that a medical student at MGIMS, Sevagram, one Khader Meeran, filed a series of RTIs to both AIIMS and NBE, following which he wrote to the Prime Minister Office (PMO). His grievance was accordingly forwarded by the PMO to NBE, which closed the case on July 31, stating, “Fee of NEET PG is approved by governing body of NBE and Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MOHFW)”.

However, in an RTI response, the Ministry clarified that this wasn’t the case. It said,

“In so far as Medical Education Policy Section of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare is concerned, it is informed that the ministry does not deal with the application fees as prescribed by National Board of Examination for NEET PG.”

“However, the information bulletin for NEET PG is vetted by the ministry so as to ensure that the same is in consonance with the prescribed regulations and approval in this regard has been conveyed to the National Board of Examination. The information bulletin for NEET PG has been approved as received from NBE.”

While clarifying NBE’s stance to TOI, the examinations authority’s Executive Director Dr Rashmikant Dave, though, said the fees have been kept constant since its inception in 2013 at Rs 3,750 and Rs 2,750 for general and reserved category students, respectively. “There has been a marked increase in indirect expenses towards the conduct of examinations, including expenses of subject experts contributing to the question bank, validation of the question bank, setting of question papers, independent appraisers being appointed at each centre, increase in geographical coverage of the exam, payment to NBE employees etc,” stated Dr Dave.

He added the NBE does not have any faculty member of its own and incurs heavy expenditure on remuneration and boarding. “NBE has significantly enhanced the security at the test centre by a compulsory deployment of jammers and hand-held metal detectors at each centre. NBE does not take any grant whatsoever from the government and is self-sustaining. Thus, the fee structure of NBE should not be compared with any other organization,” he added.

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  1. How can the health ministry say that they are not involved in this.They have the guts power to say this with confidence because they know the answer will be very easily digested by none other than Indians.
    I am ashamed in my country every pathy is fighting against each other,they r fighting today because these council\’s ,medical bodies like I\’ma have made them do so. Students clearing licence to practice in India are made to slough ,bosses call them qualified quacks.BAMS ayurveda must be respected but we r abusing it.We don\’t allow bams Drs to practice allopathy because allopathy Drs ke patient Kam hojaengein. Shame on the health ministry. Recently heard that the council\’s r changing degrees of foreign Drs after years of they practicing why because some Drs r not able to compete with few Drs from abroad. We r from a rich country from which roots of ayurveda have come .Foreign countries r promoting ayurveda but we r after them proving them quacks.Wat happens if they write some modern will be a good mixture I suppose. I\’m not but I don\’t think that any doctor will kill someone. In the name of sex determination mbbs not allowed to do sonography,where actually if seen the culprits have always been top mds but always the system wants to deprive the poulation of good Drs. Rules of not doing this procedure at this level that level are again set by someone who finds it difficult to compete with competitor.,,wasted my time writing this but wat to do I\’m Indian and proud to be INDIAN and will love my country ,however it is until my last breath hoping that someday someone will wash out the dirt and dirty minds.JAI HIND

  2. This is India. Health ministry must know all this. The council\’s are doing wat they want. The country has become medical MAFIA today. For entrance and for the final exams which one has to give many times the board is charging such huge amount after taking good fees during the course. Why? India rocks. So many families suffer but gets unnoticed.But still proud to be INDIAN.

  3. NBE charging Rs.5500 as examination fee for fmge which is too much.

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    DevendraSinghThakur November 13, 2018, 9:00 am

    All ethics, moral values and oaths are supposed to be followed by doctors.All other gathering around medical fraternity are like parasite including government also

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