Acting on the Hindustan Times report (‘At Rs. 40 lakh per MBBS seat, Adesh varsity charges 20-fold’, June 11), regarding the charging of hefty fee by Adesh University, Bathinda, from MBBS aspirants, the Punjab government has stopped the university from holding a separate counselling, which was scheduled for Tuesday.
Punjab government officials confirmed the development that the decision was taken following a high-level meeting attended by Vini Mahajan, principal secretary, medical education, and Dr Tejbir Singh, director, medical education. “There will be only one centralised counselling for the admission in all MBBS and BDS seats in the state. It will be conducted by Baba Farid University of Health Sciences (BFUHS), Faridkot, as it was conducted in the past,” said Dr Tejbir Singh.
He said medical aspirants and their parents needn’t worry as the candidates appearing for counselling at the BFUHS would be eligible for all medical institutes of the state, including Adesh University.
The counselling of BFUHS, which holds counselling for all MBBS seats in Punjab, is scheduled for June 21.
Following HT reports, on June 11, Vini Mahajan sought an opinion from the BFUHS vice-chancellor on whether Adesh University be allowed to hold a separate counselling. In response, the BFUHS vice-chancellor asked the government not to allow it.
On June 11, HT had highlighted that Adesh University collected management-quota tuition fee (Rs 40.28 lakh for five years) from all candidates, while the state government rules required 50% (75 candidates in this case) to pay only Rs. 2.2 lakh in the first year, as they will occupy the government-quota seats based on merit in the All-India Pre-Medical Test. Their annual fee should increase 10% each year, so the five-year charges should not come to more than Rs. 13.42 lakh.
However, the university has made it clear in its prospectus that even the candidates admitted on merit in the government quota will have to pay the management-quota charges. The tuition fee is Rs. 6.6 lakh for all (NRIs/foreign nationals excluded) in the first year and is up by 10% in the subsequent years. By the final year, it will be Rs. 9.66 lakh, so over five years the students will pay Rs. 40.28 lakh.
VARSITY COLLECTS LAKHS
Hundreds of MBBS and BDS aspirants have already sent an application fee of Rs. 3,500 (Rs 2,000 for admission application and Rs. 1,500 for prospectus) to Adesh University, which has collected lakhs of rupees by the last date (without late fee) of June 14. In case of counselling being stopped, it’s unclear if they will get their money back.