Between current confusion over the fees structure of the Post Graduate (PG) courses offered by the private medical colleges, some students have refrained from taking admission even after depositing fees.
The students have also moved to the Uttarakhand High Court (HC) and sought its intervention on the issue precipitated by the obstinate behavior of the private medical colleges.
The Registrar and controller of examinations of the HNB Uttarakhand medical University, Vijay Juyal said that seven students who had deposited fees on Thursday for admission in PG course of SGRR medical college decided not to take admission in the college on Friday. He said that 32 students had deposited fees for admission in this college. Juyal further informed that 32 students completed admission formality in the Himalayan Institute of medical sciences while 24 took admission in Government Medical College Haldwani on Friday. It is learnt that the students opted not to take admission even after depositing fees as they hesitated to accept condition placed by the management of the college to submit an affidavit.
The centralized counseling committee for NEET PG admissions had allotted 163 PG seats in both clinical and nonclinical categories in the medical colleges of Uttarakhand but only 88 students deposited fees on last date of first round counselling on Thursday. In a day of high drama on Thursday, the private medical colleges demanded increased fees from the students despite of the fact that state government had directed these colleges to give admissions on last year’s fees structure. The issue is pending in the HC also which too had instructed these colleges to take admission on old fees till its final decision. The obstinate behaviour forced the Fees Fixation Committee -formed on the order of Supreme Court (SC) -to intervene. A meeting of this committee would be held on April 16 in which it is expected to pass severe strictures against private medical colleges on the issue of fees. The Medical Education department too issued notices to these colleges which forced them to change their stance on the fee. The whole fiasco, however, resulted in a situation where some students decided not to deposit fees or take admission. At present, a fee of Rs 506697 is fixed for non-clinical branches in private medical colleges while a fee of Rs 788835 is decided for the clinical branches (See table).
“These colleges are demanding fees which in excess of Rs 25 lakh per year which are too much for us to pay. A 10 to 15 percent increase is acceptable but an increase of 300 percent is outrageous,’’ said an observer.