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Medicos, varsities at loggerheads over MD/MS fee

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Balwant Garg

Tribune News Service

Faridkot, June 14

Three weeks after the Medical Education Department announced a uniform fee structure for postgraduate medical courses (MD/MS) in all private medical colleges in the state, many students have demanded refund of excess fee already charged from them. On the other hand, Adesh Medical University (AMU), Bathinda, has challenged the uniform fee structure in the Punjab and Haryana High Court.

On May 19, while amending the Punjab Private Health Sciences Educational Institutions (Regulation of Admission, Fixation of Fee and Making of Reservation) Act, 2006, the Medical Education Department had fixed Rs 6.5 lakh annual tuition fee for MD/MS (clinical) courses in all private medical colleges. This amendment caused reduction in the annual fee from Rs 14.90 lakh to Rs 6.5 lakh in AMU.

On May 2, at the time of admission in AMU, students had paid Rs 7.45 lakh as 50 per cent of the annual fee. After the amendment to the Act, the 50 per cent of the annual fee in AMU comes out to Rs 3.25 lakh, so students are now demanding the refund of Rs 4.20 lakh as excess fee paid by them.

However, the AMU has now challenged the amendment to the Act in the High Court, raising the argument how the fee structure could be revised on May 19 when the admission process was already initiated on March 11 with the issuance of prospectus and the admission policy being announced on February 14.

When students had opted for admission as per the prospectus and they had already deposited the pre-revised rate of fee, there was no rationale in revising the fee with the amendment in the Act, AMU argued in its petition in the High Court.

The court has issued notice to the state government for June 18.

'Report at colleges or lose seat'

The Director General of Health Services (DGHS) has directed all candidates who were allotted MD/MS seats across the country last month to report physically at their respective colleges before June 22 or face cancellation of admission. After the first round of counselling for admissions to MD/MS all-India quota seats last month, the candidates who were allotted seats had joined through the virtual mode due to the Covid-19 lockdown.

from The Tribune

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