This post is in reply to the following question received from a blog reader from US for doing MBBS/BDS from India under NRI quota. I m in 12th frm Baltimore-US and am thinking abt MBBS/BDS from India to save time and $$. I know only abt Manipal n wld b grateful if u cld name few other gud coll and procedure to get adm.
First I would list down top 10 private medical colleges in India for MBBS/BDS admissions under NRIs/ foreigners quota and then all about admission/ application procedure, fees, cultural issues, course approval and alternative options in Nepal/Ukraine and China.
List of MCI Approved Medical Colleges in India
Ranking of Top 25 Medical Colleges in India
Top Private Medical Colleges in India for NRI/International Quota
1) Kasturba Medical College (KMC), Manipal and Mangalore Campus, http://www.manipal.edu/Pages/Welcome.aspx
Top ranked private medical colleges, 5th rank overall. Established in 1956 as first private medical college. Most expensive, top rankers choose manipal followed up by mangalore. The college receives about 750 applications and accepts about 70. The institute has recently started twinning program and its degree has approval of many US states. Check out 2010- 11 prospectus and fee structure (US$150,000 for entire course) for KMC at the NRI Quota page of this website.
KMC Manipal MBBS Prospectus and Fee Structure for 2011-12 (incl. NRI Seats)
2) SRMC (Sri Ramachandra Medical College and Research Institute)-Chennai
This deemed University has membership in Association of Indian Universities and is a Harvard Medical International Associated Institution. http://srmc.edu/
SRMC NRI Prospectus and Fee Structure
3) M.S. Ramaiah Medical College, Bangalore
This is one among the top private medical colleges in Bangalore, and too of Karnataka. http://www.msrmc.ac.in/
4) KIMS (Kempegowda Institute of Medical Science), Bangalore,
Christian Medical College Ludhiana
5) At this slot I would put 3 Bangalore colleges that are also popular amongst NRIs
St.Johns Medical College:http://www.stjohns.in/
Father Muller Medical College:http://www.fathermuller.com
JSS College- Mysore http://www.jssmedicalcollege.in/
Though above colleges are most preferred by NRIs, the below colleges also rank in top 10 private medical colleges
6) Dr B R Ambedkar Medical College, Bangalore, http://www.bramc.org/
7) Amrita Institute of Medical Science (AIMS), Kochi Ernakulam: http://www.aimshospital.org/
‘8) At this slot I would put 5 Mumbai MBBS colleges that are hugely popular
KJ Somaiyya Medical College & Research Centre:http://www.somaiya.edu/Medical.htm
Dr. D Y Patil Medical College- Navi Mumbai and Kolhapur, MH: http://www.dypatil.in/
http://dypatil.in/grouplinkdetails.asp?groupid=60 ($30K per year)
Terna Medical College:http://www.terna.org
Bharati Vidyapeeth: Pune, New Mumbai, http://www.bharatividyapeeth.edu/
Mahatma Gandhi Missions (MGM) Medical College. Navi Mumbai, www.mgmuhs.com/
9)Other MBBS Options in Maharashtra
Maharshtra Institute of Medical education and Research, Medical college Pune, http://www.mitmimer.com/
Pravara Institute Of Medical Sciences.—> Ahmed Nagar, MH, pravara-medical-collge-ahmed-nagar-nri-form
10) One may consider following colleges if wish to do MBBS from north india
DMC (Dayanand Medical College)- Ludhiana, http://www.dmch.edu
DMCH Ludhiana Prospectus, Admission Procedure and Fee Structure for NRIs
Sharda Hospital, Greater Noida- http://www.sharda.ac.in/courses/mbbs-bds.html
Subharti Medical College, Meerut- http://www.subharti.org/admission.aspx
Mahatma Ghandhi College and Hospital, Jaipur- http://www.mgmch.org/college.htm
Admission Process: Foreign citizens, PIO card holders, OCI (Dual Citizens), NRI students and NRI sponsored students can apply under the Foreign/NRI category. 15% of the seats in private medical colleges in India are reserved for this category.
There is no transparent admission process except in KMC (Manipal/Mangalore) and SRMC Chennai. You shortlist few medical colleges, visit India, start talks with the admissions staff directly. If one cant visit the college personally, hire a broker (may charge Rs. 50k to 2 lacss without you knowing about it) as college admission staff hardly talks on phone. Since most of these colleges milk NRIs, they charge higher than set fees by the states by way of donation fee in cash without receipt. Therefore, even to initiate talks with admission staff, be ready to butter the palm of junior staff. A donation amount will be set. When the deal is done, proceed to pay the amount and you get a seat in the college. This is why its important to make a deal early (preferably in May/June than late July when rates are higher by about 5 lacs). Except Manipal and KIMS, most others like to take the entire course fee in advance.
School Scores: As long as the school transcript mentions that the candidate had passed 12th Std with 50% marks in physics, biology, chemistry (and English in), everything will be taken care of since donation money will start walk the talk.
Course Fee: The donation fee changes every year and in the same year- every passing week. Be ready to cough up 35 lacs-70 lacs for entire MBBS course depending on college. KMC Manipal charges about us$150,000 for entire course. I may be able to help you about donation/capitation/auction fee in case of any specific query on any private medical college in India
The annual tuition fee, for instance, of KIMS is given as Rs. 4.56 lakh (COMEDK fixed fee) for the clinical degree course as against Rs 10 lakh that it charges the NRI students per year. Additional costs will include books, food & lodging of approx 8 lacs. In general, branded private medical colleges charge about Rs 40-50 lacs and less-branded would charge 30-40 lacs for whole course duration. Out of this total sum (say 35 lacs), 20 lacs is official fee (receipt given) and Rs.15 lacs is donation in cash (no receipt)
Academic and Cultural Issues: NRI/Foreign student who have not been to India and not tuned to study-by-rot method, find it difficult to cope up with the new system. The complaints regarding hygiene in mess/hostel, hot water un-availability, room sizes, un-friendly professor, tough academic curricula should be considered closely before making up ones mind as most colleges take fees of entire course in the beginning. Also consider, if one is ready to spend 5.5 years in a town like Manipal or whether big metro like Bangalore is a place for you. Though I wished to stay clear of regional feelings towards one another, but this has been the case with few MBBS students doing their MBBS from other part where both professors and patients made the life difficult for north Indians and NRIs
Course Approval: one must make sure how to register with MCI after graduating from colleges (all the above colleges are approved ones) not listed here or if doing MBBS from other countries (some foriegn degrees are also recognizedby MCI). The US students should check if the medical college would prepare them for USMLE or arrange to do such preparatory course from institutes like KAPLAN.
Other Alternative CountriesCheaper options are available in Nepal (Manipal group), Russia, Ukraine and Philipines which will cost about $35K with food for entire course. This could save potentially about$40K in MBBs – which could be invested in PG course. Also, China is attracting many students for studying 5year medicine (course conducted in English) at highly competitive rates of about $6k per year including fee, accommodation, books, insurance (except food and traveling). Some of these courses have been approved by the Medical Council of India. However, if you are going to study outside India, you need to file for a certificate of eligibility from the MCI and also give a screening test on your return to India
Conclusion: The best medical education in India is provided by govt colleges at highly subsidized fees and one needs to qualify in entrance exam. It is highly recommended to appear for exams like AIPMT (central) and COMEDK (Karnataka state exam), MHT-CET (Maha) as most of the good private medical colleges are situated in Karnataka and Maharashtra. You may refer to previous years question paper for AIPMT, COMEDK and other at following link
The private medical education in India is quite expensive, though less expensive and time consuming as compared to USA. However, one has to be very serious for studies as its quite a challenge to do MBBS in straight 4.5 years. The college and city has to be chosen carefully as many students go thru very tough times if selection is not proper. Most importantly, starting early to search a right college is key to success.
PS: Please refer below link for ranking of top 25 medical colleges of India
Ranking of Top 25 Medical Colleges in India
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Believe it or not, the MBBS seats in the private medical colleges in Andhra Pradesh under management quota were sold out at a very high premium, ranging from Rs.50 lakh to Rs.70 lakh for the five-year course this year.
And in a few instances involving NRI students, the price of the MBBS seat went up to even Rs.1 crore.
The high premium for the MBBS seats came to the notice of governor E S L Narasimhan, who held a meeting with minister for medical education Kondru Murali and officials of the department a couple of days ago and ordered them to see that the colleges fill up the management quota seats only through online method as per the merit under the supervision of the government to prevent sale of seats.
There are 40 medical colleges in the state including 14 being managed by the state government and the remaining 26 are private colleges, including three newly sanctioned colleges this year. The total number of seats is 5,600, which includes 3,350 seats in the private colleges.
There are three categories of seats in the private medical colleges: 50 per cent of seats (category-A) and 10 per cent of seats (category-B) are filled on the basis of results of the state-run Engineering, Medical and Agriculture Common Entrance Test (EAMCET), for a fee of Rs.60,000 and Rs.2,40,000 per annum respectively. The remaining 40 per cent of the seats under Category-C are under the management quota and at the sole discretion of the college managements, though they are supposed to follow the merit based on the marks secured by the students in their Intermediate exam.
As per the government order (GO No. 136), the managements have to collect a fee of Rs. 5.5 lakh per annum under this category in four instalments, as prescribed by the Admissions and Fee Regulatory Committee constituted by the government.
It is in this Category-C that the private college managements make big money. The cost of the MBBS seat for the five-year course, which was around Rs.30 lakh a couple of years ago, has now gone up to Rs.50 lakh to Rs.70 lakh; and in some cases even up to Rs.1 crore in the name of NRI quota. However, except to the extent of fee prescribed by the government, the remaining amount is collected in black, sources said.
The medical education minister said the sale of management quota seats for high premium was a serious issue and the government would definitely interfere in the matter. “The Governor suggested that there should not be any auctioning of management quota seats, which should also be filled up through online system as per the merit. We will discuss the issue with Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy and come to a decision,” Murali said.
Ironically, the private medical colleges already filled up the management quota seats by collecting hefty fee. “As per the procedure, we have notified the seats through newspaper advertisements, called for applications under the management quota and completed the admission process. We are in the process of sending the admission list to the NTR University of Health Sciences for approval. At this stage, if the government wants to make the changes in the name of online admissions, we cannot start the process all over again,” says Ch Laxman Rao, secretary of the Consortium of Private Medical College Managements Association.
Representatives of the managements had a meeting in Hyderabad on Friday to discuss the latest order from the Governor and its repercussions. They have decided to make a representation to the Governor to convince him that it is not possible to implement the order for this year at least.
Rao denied the reports that the private medical colleges had collected huge sums under the management quota. “Where is the proof? If we collect Rs.60 lakh or Rs.80 lakh per seat, we should be flying in helicopters,” he said.
He, however, admitted that the private medical colleges would not sustain if they collect only Rs.5.5 lakh per seat per annum under the management quota, but refused to disclose how much they are actually charging. There might be some colleges in big cities like Hyderabad, Vijayawada and Visakhapatnam which might be collecting hefty fee under the management quota, but those in the towns like Karimnagar and Khammam, there would be no takers for management seats for high premium, says Laxman Rao, who runs a private medical college in Karimnagar.
“One should remember that it requires huge infrastructure for the college and also an associated teaching hospital. Besides, we have to pay huge salaries to the faculty and also doctors at the hospital. We are not supposed to charge any fee from patients in our hospitals, unlike the corporate hospitals. Therefore, the private colleges are compelled to collect more fees under the management quota to sustain themselves,” Rao said.
He said as per the Supreme Court order, the government cannot interfere in the filling up of the management quota, but can only monitor the facilities available to the students in the colleges. “We are in fact, cross-subsidising the MBBS students admitted under the 60 per cent non-management categories. If the government wants to interfere in the management quota, too, we have no objection to it, provided if it fixes a uniform fee of Rs.3 lakh per annum for all the 100 per cent seats,” he said.
An official in the NTR University of Health Sciences on condition of anonymity said the practice of collecting “donations” by the private medical colleges for management quota seats has been going on for the last six to seven years and the amount was on the rise every year. “But since there are takers for the seats, there has been no complaint from anyone. We can take action only when there is a complaint from the parents or students,” he added.
Medical seats for sale in Maharashtra
Yogita Rao, TNN | May 25, 2011, 06.45am IST
MUMBAI: Students who have filled up forms for medical entrance exams of private colleges and deemed universities in the state are being offered a shortcut to success. But it comes at a steep price: Rs 12-16 lakh, besides regular fees.
Even before the results are out, with some exams yet to be conducted, SMSes are raining down on candidates, promising them a place on merit lists. It is not clear how touts obtained the candidates’ cellphone numbers, but collusion of college authorities is evident. The racket is being carried out blatantly, as the touts, who call themselves education consultants, issue post-dated cheques as securities for taking an advance from willing candidates.
“I started receiving the messages just the day after submitting my form. Till now, I have received more than 15 messages and all of them look like they have been sent using a website. I initially thought they were spam, but friends who called up the numbers told me they were for real,” said a student from Matunga.
Among the students TOI spoke to, some said they were confident about making it to the colleges on their own and have ignored the messages. But many have fallen for the touts. TOI obtained the numbers of a few touts from the students and called up (see transcripts in graphic), pretending to be a candidate. Almost all said appearance in the entrance tests is a prerequisite for them to ensure a seat. One of them claimed he would be able to ensure admission in 10 days.
“You need to pay an advance. I will take care of things after that. You need to make the final payment to the owner or the trustee of the college; it should be at one go. And yes, the annual tuition fee would be higher than the regular fee. The amounts will be higher if you score very low in the entrance test,” said a tout, who maintains an office in Pune. He said the admission would be provided under the 15% NRI quota.
When TOI contacted a college mentioned by a tout, an official said: “Admissions to all our group colleges are done completely on the basis of merit. The NRI quota is the management’s prerogative, but that too is filled on the basis of merit.”
Kamal Kishore Kadam, president, Association of Managements of Unaided and Private Medical and Dental Colleges, which conducts the entrance exam ASSO-CET, said: “Students should not fall prey to such messages. They should approach the police and file a complaint.”