Acting on HT report “At Rs. 40 lakh per MBBS seat, Adesh varsity charges 20-fold” (June 11), the Punjab government is likely to stop the private university in Bathinda from holding separate counselling.
Sources in the Punjab government said here on Saturday that on June 11, principal secretary for medical education Vini Mahajan had sought opinion on this from the vice-chancellor of the Baba Farid University of Health Sciences (BFUHS), Faridkot. Vice-chancellor Dr SS Gill confirmed the development.
The sources said the V-C had favoured that not only the separate counselling of June 17 be stopped but also an executive order be issued to keep Adesh University out of the BFUHS conducted counselling on June 21 for all the MBBS seats in Punjab. Hundreds of MBBS and BDS (bachelor of dental science) aspirants have already sent Rs. 3,500 (Rs 2,000 as application feee and Rs. 1,500 for prospectus) each to Adesh University, which has collected lakhs of rupees by the deadline (without late fee) of June 14. In case counselling is stopped, it’s unclear if they’ll have their money back. The government is likely to take a decision on Monday.
On June 11, HT had highlighted that Adesh University collected management-quota tuition fee (`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 (AIPMT).
Their annual fee should increase 10% each year, so the five-year charges should not come to more than Rs. 13.42 lakh, if rules are followed.