• Kushal Kumar Jha

Report: Haryana planning to raise govt medical college fees from ₹53 Thousand to ₹10 lakh per year


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According to news reports published by Amar Ujala and Dainik Jagran, the Haryana government has drafted plans to substantially raise fees of government-run medical colleges in the state from the previous ₹53 Thousand to ₹10 lakh per year. The government aims to raise the fees to the same level as that of private medical colleges in the state. The government hopes to justify this drastic step by providing students with education loans during the admission process, which they can pay off after they start practicing their medical profession. At present, there are about 1400 seats for the MBBS in the government medical colleges in the state. Reportedly, the Health Minister of Haryana cabinet, Anil Vij is said to be upset about this plan. Since the results of NEET competitive exams have been released just recently, there is still time before the counseling for medical colleges starts in the state. According to these reports, the Haryana government was previously planning to force students to sign a bond in which they will be restricted to practice their medical profession in Haryana itself for the first two years after their graduation. However, even after many debates, nothing concrete on this issue has been finalised yet. The Haryana government also wanted the students who are already pursuing their medical degrees in the state-run colleges to sign the same bond, which raised legal complications. Hence the plan is shelved for the time being. If the Haryana government plans to raise the fees from this year itself, they will have to release an official notification before the counseling commences in the state. There is no official comment or confirmation from the Haryana government in this regard but if the reports come out to be true, then it will deal a huge blow to the aspirations of students belonging from poor families. Even if the government aims to provide education loans for the students enrolling, it will encourage the vicious mindset of taking the medical profession for granted as a business. In the end, it will be the hard-earned money of the helpless patients who will be sponsoring the medical degree of the doctors. Source: Dainik Jagran & Amar Ujala

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