MBBS Fees Hike: Institutions Not consulted

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Addressing a press conference at PGIMS Rohtak on Wednesday, Dr. Lohchab, who is also chairman of counselling committee for MBBS students said that the government had enacted the policy to hike the fees but dean academic affair of the premier institute was not invited by the state government.

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Rohtak: On the controversial policy to hike the MBBS course fees by 20 times w.e.f from 2020 in government medical colleges, Dr. S.S Lohchab, Dean Academic Affairs at PGIMS Rohtak said that they were not consulted by the government.

Addressing a press conference at PGIMS Rohtak on Wednesday, Dr. Lohchab, who is also chairman of counselling committee for MBBS students said that the government had enacted the policy to hike the fees but dean academic affair of the premier institute was not invited by the state government.

Notably, MBBS students who cracked NEET exam recently were baffled after the Haryana Medical Education & Research issued a notification on November 6 to hike the course fees in government medical colleges.

Many of the successful NEET candidates who wanted to opt for government medical college seat in the state had expressed their reservation pertaining to the new policy that mandates payment of 40Lac fees in four years.

Dr. Lohchab said that the aim of the state government behind the introduction of new policy to make the MBBS pass outs from government medical colleges to work in government setup.

On being asked why no job guarantee was given to MBBS students if the government wanted them to join them, Dr. Lohchab said that the government may have some plans afoot to fix this issue.

“The government may have medical colleges in each of the districts in the state and may increase the number of job vacancies for the pass outs”, he added. On being asked whether PGIMS Rohtak was consulted in this policy, Dr. Lohchab said that he was not consulted in the capacity of dean academic affairs.

Admitting that the policy needs more clarity, Dr. O.P Kalra, Vice-Chancellor of University of Health Sciences, Rohtak, said that they will write to the state government to provide them more information and clarity pertaining to the new batch of MBBS course students.

Dr. Ranbir Singh Dahiya, former Professor of PGIMS Rohtak said that how ironic the situation is that even the state’s largest medical college, which is also the Health university, was not even consulted before framing the policy. He said that university is an autonomous institution and as per past precedents each medical college should have been consulted while forming the policy.

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