Chandigarh: The Secretary of the Health, Medical Education and Research has written to Senior Superintendent of Police, Pathankot to register an FIR against Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Swaran Salaria for not refunding fees of MBBS students of the shut Chintpurni Medical College.
The College was owned by Swaran Salaria. He was the Chairman of the society responsible for the management of the medical college.
The Medical dialogues team had earlier reported that the Chintpurni Medical College was shut down after it was found that the college was admitting students without the Medical Council of India’s (MCI) approval ever since its inception in 2011. In addition, the college did not have the necessary infrastructure and did not provide adequate facilities for the purpose of medical studies. After its shutdown, 249 MBBS students had been shifted to the GMCs in Amritsar, Patiala and Faridkot.
Two months ago, 18 students of Faridkot Medical College, 30 from Amritsar institute and 27 of Patiala Medical College refused to pay Rs 3.22 lakh fee. They claimed that they would only pay a fee as applicable for government students, not the government quota fee of private colleges.
The students had approached the Punjab and Haryana High Court earlier this year. The medicos and their parents alleged that the HC has already directed the colleges to stick to the fee as per the government quota seat, which is Rs 28,350 until a final decision was taken.
While the affected students and their parents claimed that last year, the Directorate of Medical Education and Research (DMER) had directed the medical colleges to take annual fees as applicable for government students; the university kept on maintaining that the letter was issued mistakenly and it was annulled by the department on March 6. The medical college administration had not returned the original certificates back to its former MBBS students.
The High Court directed the Secretary Satish Chandra to get fee and security deposit refunded and original documents returned. He was asked to submit a compliance report on April 10.
The Secretary called two meeting to discuss on the issue where the Principal of Chintpurni Medical College informed that original documents were not returned as the students owed a pending fee to the college, reports the Indian Express.
Later, the Principal informed that the fee and documents could not be returned as they were under the custody of the management and no member of the management committee was present to attend the meetings.
As per the No Objection Certificate granted by the state government to the college, Salaria is the Chairman of the society responsible for the management of the college.