Baba Farid University of Health Sciences (BFUHS) has decided to admit students for various post-graduate courses through an online test, departing from a long practice of grading students based on the All India Post Graduate Entrance Examination.
The university authorities said the test on February 13 will see nearly 4,000 candidates apply for 350 seats in courses such as MD (doctor of medicine) and MS (master of surgery) in three government colleges and five private colleges affiliated to it.
The university has also hiked the tuition fee for students three times. Earlier, the tuition fee for the three-year MD/MS (clinical courses) was Rs 40,000, Rs 45,000 and Rs 50,000 each year respectively — now it will be Rs 1.25 lakh, Rs 1.5 lakh and Rs 1.75 lakh.
“The fee structure was not revised for many years, so it needed to be increased. But it is still reasonable,” BFUHS vice-chancellor Dr Raj Bahadur said.
The university also said it will be charging Rs 8,000 for the online test, but added the application form and the prospectus were free of cost as they were uploaded on the university website.
“The university has decided to spend the money on conducting the online test. We have to pay Rs 200 for preparation of one question, and we get at least four sets prepared. We also have to hire an agency to conduct the examination,” university officials said.