Punjab News Advancing fee deposition date irks medical students


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Chandigarh, June 29

Medical students of the 2007 batch studying in the private medical colleges in Punjab and their parents today claimed that the institutions have preponed the date for submission of annual fee by a fortnight to one month. The parents claim that this is being done because a section of students have filed a case in the Punjab and Haryana High Court challenging the fee being taken from students, who have got admission under management quota in these institutions. The next hearing of the case is on July 12.

According to the parents and students, the Dayanand Medical College, Ludhiana, has fixed July 1 for depositing annual fee. Earlier, the institution was taking this fee by July 15. Moreover, the college had through a notice told the students that bank guarantees lying with its legal cell would be encashed without any delay in case the fee was not paid by July 1. The Gian Sagar Medical College had also asked the students to deposit annual fee by July 10. This was collected by August 14 last year. Students at Adesh Medical College, Bathinda, have already deposited their annual fee. They were asked to do so by June 11 by the management.

The students of the 2007 batch claim that the medical colleges should not have shown haste in collecting fee for the four professional years prior to July 12, when the case was being heard by the high court. The students of Sri Guru Ram Das College, Amritsar, have already got stay orders on the notification last year.

According to the students, while seeking admission in the private medical colleges in 2007, the provisional fee for both the government and management quota was Rs one lakh. They said shortly afterwards the government came out with a notification raising the fee to Rs 1.15 lakh.

The students said the medical colleges, however, were not satisfied with the fee increase and decided to boycott the counselling. Accordingly the government modified its own notification after one day during the counselling session itself fixing Rs 1.15 lakh as the fee for the government seats and Rs 3 lakh as fee for the management-quota seats. The students, who claim the decision was taken in an arbitrary manner, under pressure from the institutions, have challenged this in the court.