Bengaluru: Following the Ukraine crisis, Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai said on Monday March 21 that the government is considering measures to reduce the fees for medical courses in the State and that the National Medical Council (NMC) is also looking into it.
“Medical education is becoming more expensive. Despite the cost of government seats being low, in the private sector it is increasing. When students with 90-95 per cent marks are unable to clear the NEET exams due to high management or NRI seat costs, they look for alternative options.
He was responding to a question about policy changes that would allow students to study medicine in India rather than in Ukraine.
Speaking to mediapersons CM Bommai said, “The government has held discussions in this regard, to reduce the fees in the State, we are planning for A, B and C categorisation. However, as medical courses are controlled by the National Medical Council (NMC), they are also looking into it. Things are under consideration in the backdrop of the Ukraine crisis. Things are under consideration in the backdrop of the Ukraine crisis,” he added.
In response to a question regarding whether the government is considering making alternative arrangements for medical students who have returned from Ukraine and whose education has been disrupted, the Chief Minister stated that the central government is considering it.
“The course there is different from here in that students must pass exams to practise here after completing the course there. The first, second, and third-year students have all returned, and the Centre is considering it because students from several states are involved,” he added.
CM Bommai was speaking ahead of a visit to Chalageri village in the Ranebennur Taluk of Haveri District to pay respects to Naveen Shekarappa Gyanagaudar, a final-year medical student at Kharkiv National Medical University who was killed in a Russian shelling in Ukraine on March 1.