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Amid MBBS fee cap row, Baba Farid University to start admission process on June 29

High court to hear petition of two private colleges against capping of fee on July 10; students, parents confused as seat distribution not clarified yet

punjab Updated: Jun 24, 2018 12:06 IST
Ravinder Vasudeva
Ravinder Vasudeva
Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
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Baba Farid University of Health Sciences.

With Baba Farid University of Health Sciences (BFUHS), the nodal agency for MBBS admissions in the state, announcing the start of counselling from June 29, under the notification capping MBBS fee that the state government had issued in February this year, students and parents are confused.

The reason: The two private medical colleges, the Adesh Institute of Medical Science, Bathinda, and Sri Guru Ram Das Institute of Medical Sciences, Amritsar, have challenged the notification, with the next hearing in the Punjab and Haryana high court on July 10. According to the BFUHS schedule, the first round of counselling will start on July 3 and by July 5, students will be distributed seats as per their choice.

After Saturday’s announcement, parents and students looked for distribution of seats on the BFUHS website. The varsity is yet to upload this.

According to the February notification, private medical colleges will charge government-quota fee from 50% of students taking admission in MBBS. Previously, private colleges admitted all students under the management quota, where the fee is very high.

In prospectuses, pvt colleges list higher fee

In its prospectus, Adesh has shown its fee as Rs 11.9 lakh per year with 10% increase each year whereas the Amritsar college has declared its fee at Rs 6.6 lakh per year.

The move of the varsity to stick to the admission schedule announced earlier has also caught officials with the medical education department napping. On Friday, a senior official had told HT that students should wait for July 10 decision of the high court before taking admission.

“If admissions are done as per this notification and suppose, the Punjab and Haryana high court gives its verdict against the notification, students admitted with government quota fee will be at the mercy of the two private institutes,” a parent from Ludhiana said.

Former Punjab Medical Council (PMC) chief Dr GS Grewal said, “Even if the court rejects the plea of the private colleges, there is no guarantee that these colleges would admits students only in government quota fee. Because these colleges are mere teaching shops, they will find one way or the other to charge more.”

BFUHS vice-chancellor Dr Raj Bahadur said, “We will follow the new notification in letter and spirit. The seat matrix will be published on the varsity website soon.

Minister to convene meeting

Punjab medical education minister Brahm Mohindra, who was in Delhi, said, he would convene a special meeting on the issue on Monday. “Meanwhile, I will instruct varsity officials to clear all doubts of students and the parents by declaring seats on the website. We will see if counselling can be rescheduled,” the minister added.

First Published: Jun 24, 2018 12:05 IST