Bangladesh government is going to fix the tuition fees for MBBS and BDS (Bachelor in Dental Surgery) courses at the private medical and dental colleges in the country.
A four-member committee with Additional secretary Aiyubur Rahman as its head, has been appointed by the Health Ministry with the sole responsibility of devising a fixed tuition fees for the private medical and dental colleges.
Following its first meeting, all the members barring Dr Moazzem Hossain, who also held the post of President of Bangladesh Private Medical College Association (BPMCA), have come to a decision that tuition fees for MBBS and BDS courses at the private medical and dental colleges should not exceed Tk. 8 to 10 lakhs.
Dr Moazzem Hossain has opposed the decision, drawing a comparison between expenses at public medical colleges and that of private medical colleges. He tried to justify his opposition to the decision saying that public medical colleges spend Tk. 22 to 24 lakh from government’s public fund to provide the students five years of medical education, so it would be unfair to fix a tuition fee without knowing the expenses of private medical and dental colleges.
However, the committee is determined to set up a fixed tuition fee for the MBBS and BDS courses taught at the private medical and dental colleges before the 2014-15 session gets underway.
With that aim in mind, the committee has already asked the private medical and dental colleges to submit necessary information including the amount of assets, operating expenses and income.