Bhartesh Singh Thakur
Tribune News Service
Chandigarh, December 12
After hiking fee in government medical colleges, the Haryana Government has proposed to enhance fee for MBBS course in private medical colleges from Rs 10 lakh per annum to Rs 12 lakh per annum.
The hike has been proposed when the process for the second round of MBBS counselling has started.
As per a public notice issued by Director General-cum-Secretary, Medical Education and Research, Amneet P Kumar, dated December 11, the tuition fee, including development charges, would be Rs 12 lakh per annum with annual increase of 7.5 per cent. Thus for a four year course, a student would have to pay Rs 53.68 lakh as fees.
Earlier, the fees was Rs 10 lakh per annum with an annual increase of 5 per cent, which comes down to Rs 43.10 lakh. So overall, the fee has been increased by 24.5 per cent.
However, there is no change in refundable college security which is Rs 2 lakh and hostel fee which cannot go beyond Rs 75,000 per year. There is also no change in library fee, sports and medical charges and Internet charges.
The new fee structure would remain applicable for the next three years, once it gets notified. But before notification, the state government has invited suggestions/ comments on the proposed fee structure in private colleges within a week.
Earlier on November 6, the Department of Medical Education and Research had notified the enhanced fee structure for MBBS course in government medical colleges, where now there is a requirement of an annual bond of Rs 10 lakh in the name of ‘Incentivizing Doctors to opt for Haryana Government Medical Service’.
Either the student has to pay the entire bond himself or has to opt for education loan, which will be facilitated by the government.
Only in case a candidate gets a job with the Health Department, the state government will repay loan instalments till the time he or she is serving with them or for a period of seven years.
The fee in government colleges is now Rs 80,000 per annum with 10 per cent increase every year, which comes out to be Rs 3.71 lakh for the entire course. The loan amount will be Rs 36.29 lakh for the four years. In total, a student has to bear the burden of Rs 40 lakh as fee alone in a government medical college in Haryana.
There are four private, five government and one government-aided medical college in the Haryana.
“About 50 per cent seats have remained vacant in the first round of counselling in the state,” said an official from the University of Health Sciences, Rohtak.
The university is supervising counselling.
“Probably, the students are opting for other states due to high fee,” said a state government official.
The first round of counselling had ended on November 23. The registration for second round of counselling started on December 12 while seats will be allocated on December 16.
Kumar couldn’t be reached for comments.