Students of Sri Guru Ram Rai Medical college (SGRR) here protested on Tuesday against the state government’s decision of permitting private medical colleges to decide their own fee for MBBS and MD courses what they said feared to be an “exorbitant” fee hike. In the budget session at Gairsain which concluded on Monday, the government had approved a proposal to allow private universities in the state to decide the fee structure of their medical colleges.
Bhupendera Raturi, senior PRO of SGRR, said, “Ever since NEET has been implemented in the country, the fee of students has gone up to Rs 20 lakh. The recent decision by the Uttarakhand government and the private medical colleges’ fee regulation committee has given authority to private medical universities to decide their fee. We are calculating the new fee.”
In 2006, the apex court had asked all states to formulate a state fee regulating committee chaired by a retired judge of high court which would take a balanced decision on admission and fee of private medical colleges in the country. The state fee regulating committee in Uttarakhand had approved the government decision on March 12.