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Parents sore over medical fees

india Updated: Sep 23, 2006 14:56 IST

EVEN AS the process of admission to private medical and dental colleges is yet to be over, the fee structure proposed by the Association of Private Dental and Medical Colleges (APDMC) has students and parents worried.

The association had announced in its prospectus and website that fees for the medical and dental courses would be Rs 2.80 lakh and Rs 1.85 lakh respectively.

But the fees for the courses were fixed at Rs 1.64 lakh and Rs 1.12 lakh by the Justice Shachindra Dwivedi Committee last year.

With the Justice Gulab Gupta Committee - appointed by the State Government following a High Court directive this year - yet to start functioning, students will have to pay the fees fixed by the association.

Students now have no other option but to wait till the fee structure is decided by the Justice Gulab Gupta committee. State Medical Education Department has so far not taken any stand on the issue, apart from saying the final fee structure will be decided by the Justice Gupta committee.

Many parents feel the fees are too high for a common man to afford. “Even if the entrance exam was fair, students will not get a chance to join a college because of the exorbitant fee structure,’’ said a parent of a girl selected from Indore.

He told Hindustan Times there seemed to be no option for his daughter other than appearing for the PMT again and try for admission to government medical college.

Although the fees fixed by the Justice Dwivedi Committee last year were to be applicable for this academic session (2006-07), the Supreme Court judgment of August 12, 2005 - that held all decisions of previous committees null and void - has given private professional colleges a justification to charge fees as per their calculations.

Private technical colleges also collected fees as per their calculations this year despite the State Technical Education Department’s warning that they should go by recommendations of the Justice Dwivedi Committee.

APDMC president Babulal Jain told Hindustan Times the association had announced the fee structure well in advance through its prospectus and website. The prospectus was approved by both the State Government and the Judge’s Committee monitoring the admission process.

Jain, however, added the association would accept the decision of the Judge’s Committee on fee fixation and adjust the fees accordingly. He said the association was all for fair play in every aspect of admission process.

Medical Education Department Principal Secretary I M Chahal said the Justice Gulab Gupta Committee will decide about the fee structure.

APDMC’s demand

1 Rs 2.80 lakh for medical

2 Rs 1.85 lakh for dental courses