State fee regulating authority directive: No bank guarantee for medical admissions
Private medical colleges have been told that no amount other than first-year fees can be collected for post graduate medical courses.Updated: May 17, 2018 14:44 IST
The fee regulating authority(FRA) has put a strong foot forward against private medical colleges demanding bank guarantees worth lakhs in addition to exorbitant fees, bringing relief to hundreds of postgraduate medical aspirants . In a directive released on Monday, FRA clarified that no student is required to furnish a bank guarantee over and above their fee of one academic year. Any unaided private medical college is not authorised to make such a demand and will have to incur consequences if they don’t comply by the laws, added the officials.
The directive comes after many post graduate medical aspirants approached the authority with complaints against private institutions, who has asked the students to pay the stipend amount to the colleges. As per the Medical Council of India(MCI) norms, the student is entitled to receive a specified amount as stipend.
“As per Section 14(5) of Maharashtra Unaided Private Professional Educational Institutions (regulations of admissions and fees) Act, 2015, no institute whatsoever can collect fees amounting to more than one academic year.Any such collection is equivalent to capitation or donation fee and the institution has to incur consequences for doing so. Also, we have clearly stated that there is no provision which insists students to give bank guarantee to colleges, and so, we are urging students not do so. We will take strict action against any college, acting against the rules,” said Ravindra Dahad, member of FRA Pune.
Some of the students explained that colleges had threatened to cancel the admission of the students, if the fees and stipend is not paid in full. The colleges were also insisting on students showing the bank guarantee.
“Firstly, it is an expensive affair to pay Rs9 to Rs14 lakhs as annual fees to these colleges. Over and above this amount, we were also supposed to pay Rs30,000 to Rs50,000 of the stipend money to the college. And, now the demand of the colleges for Rs20 to Rs50 lakhs as bank guarantee, is completely insane. How do they expect us to pay so much money. Also, why should we pay it in the first place, if its not mandated by the government?,” said one Pune-based PG medical student.
Seeking relief for these students, Kalpesh Yadav, city president of maharashtra navnirman vidyarthi sena (MNVS),had raised the issue to the FRA. “These colleges are not giving loans that they need a bank guarantee, they are going to educate the students. This practice is unacceptable. We hope that the committee will do the needful and take strict actions against colleges who continue to ask for bank guarantee and do not comply by the fee structure given by the authorities. The officials have assured us that changes are expected to take place in a week’s time. However, if nothing is done till then, we will organise an agitation soon,” said Yadav.
First Published: May 17, 2018 14:43 IST