Congress MLA Brahm Mohindra on Tuesday slammed the Punjab governments decision to hike fees in the states medical colleges without proper notice and for allowing a large number of students from other states to take admission. In a statement here,Mohindra said the government has also not opened any new medical colleges in the past 40 years and had even missed a one-time opportunity provided by the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare to increase MBBS seats in state-run medical colleges in 2013-14.
MBBS aspirants in Punjab are feeling cheated as the annual fee structure,according to the prospectus for 2013 issued by the Baba Farid University of Health Sciences,Faridkot,clearly states that the fee in private colleges will be Rs 1.5 lakh per year for government quota seats and Rs 4 lakh per year for management quota seats. Violating all norms,the Punjab government has hiked this fee to Rs 2 lakh and Rs 6 lakh per year respectively without any prior notice, he said before adding that compulsory hostel charges of Rs 1.5 lakh per year were also being charged from the students.
The Medical Council of India (MCI) and Supreme Court guidelines that mandated for the first counselling session to be held on June 15 and the second counselling on August 5 each year were not adhered to. The first counselling was deliberately delayed by one-and-a-half months to help private medical colleges get the fee hike notified by the government before admissions, Mohindra said.
He further alleged that the number of MBBS seats were considerably reduced on counselling day. As per the prospectus,there should have been 1,100 MBBS seats but the first counselling session was held for only 800 seats.