The Punjab Civil Medical Services Doctors' Association has flayed the decision of the Baba Farid University of Health Sciences (BFUHS), Faridkot, to increase the tuition fee for postgraduate (PG) courses at Guru Gobind Singh Medical College, Faridkot, and has demanded a rollback.
The Faridkot medical college is the only constituent medical college of the BFUHS in the state. In a release issued here on Monday, the association said "the university's financial crunch cannot be overcome by increasing the fee".
Association's general secretary Dr Gagandeep Shergill said besides the tuition fee, the university has also doubled the prospectus fee. "It is unfair and unacceptable," he said.
As per the prospectus, the annual tuition fee will be applicable only to postgraduate students who want to study clinical postgraduate courses (medicine, surgery, paediatrics, gynaecology, etc) at the college. They will have to pay Rs 1.25 lakh in the first year, Rs 1.5 lakh in the second year and Rs 1.7 lakh in the third year.
Similarly, for non-clinical courses (biochemistry, pharmacology, pathology, anatomy, etc), the students will have to pay Rs 1 lakh in the first year, Rs 1.1 lakh in the second and Rs 1.2 lakh in the third year.
The PG course fee in all government medical colleges is Rs 40,000 for the first year, Rs 45,000 for second and Rs 50,000 for the final year.