Faridkot: Three private medical colleges have announced the quashing of government quota MBBS seats in their prospectuses this year. The 3 names to have gone ahead with this decision include Guru Ram Das Medical College, Amritsar, Adesh Institute of Medical Sciences, Bhatinda and CMC, Ludhiana.
In an interesting development, the Department of Medical Education and Research (DMER) on Saturday waived off the 50 per cent government quota seats in these colleges.
Additional Chief Secretary, Satish Chandra who has the charge of DMER, confirmed the development to the Tribune. “The state government has decided to quash the quota in Adesh Institute of Medical Sciences, Bathinda, Sri Guru Ram Das Medical College, Amritsar and Christian Medical College, Ludhiana.”
It is reported that the 50 percent seat sharing in these colleges came with the February 6th notification this year by the state government. This notification spoke of all private medical colleges sharing 50% of their seats as government quota seats and the annual fee cap for these seats being Rs.2.2 lakhs.
However, two private medical colleges- Sri Guru Ram Das Medical College and Adesh Medical College while Denying 50 percent of their MBBS seats as government quota announced their own ‘hiked’ fee structure in the state. Their fee structure and seat distribution for MBBS courses stood at variation with the structure notified by the state government on February 6.
As per state government rules, Baba Farid University of Health Sciences (BFUHS) will conduct a centralized counselling on the basis of this notification to fill MBBS seats in the state ’s medical colleges in July. However, Sri Guru Ram Das Medical College and Adesh Medical College went ahead and announced their hiked fee structure and committed that none of their 300 MBBS seats will be offered under the government quota.
Presently, Adesh has listed its annual fee as Rs11.9 lakh, with a 10% increase every year. The fee for Amritsar college is Rs.6.6 lakh. The government quota fee is Rs. 2.2 lakh per year, reports the Tribune.
Meanwhile, the BFUHS, Vice-Chancellor, Raj Bahadur has stated that the seat matrix and fee structure decisions have been taken by competent authorities. The quashing of seat sharing, however, has not gone down well with, former Punjab Medical Council, Chief Dr GS Grewal who said it was likely to make medical education unaffordable for the deserving students.