With a fee of Rs 4 lakhs the GDMC Dehradun and Haldwani Medical College are costliest medical colleges in the country
Even as the state health services in Uttarakhand are continuing to get severely hampered by shortage of doctors, the state administration has withdrawn the benefit of Bond for the medical students of two out of three government medical colleges of the state. This decision has made the MBBS fees of the Government Doon Medical College (GDMC) Dehradun and Haldwani Medical College among the highest among in the country. While the state administration is justifying its decision of withdrawing bonds as this policy has failed to yield desired results, the experts feel that for a state like Uttarakhand where health infrastructure is still underdeveloped, the state government should provide subsidized medical education in its colleges.
After withdrawal of facility of Bond, the parents of first year MBBS students in the GDMC and Medical College, Haldwani have to shell out eight time more fees from the last year. This year the students of these two colleges have to pay Rs 4.0 Lakh as tuition fees. In comparisons those taking admission in Veer Chandra Singh Garhwali Government Institute of Medical Science and Research, Srinagar have to deposit an annual fees of Rs 50000.
The steep hike in the fees has resulted in a situation where the medical college Srinagar which was least preferred college among students has come in top of preference.
It is worth mentioning here that the fee in government medical colleges of Uttarakhand was Rs 15000 in the year 2008. It was later increased to Rs 50000.
Senior BJP leader Ravindra Jugran who is fighting for the cause of medical students and decrease in fees said that after state government’s decision to withdraw bond, the fees of two medical colleges of the state have become highest in the country. He said while other states are giving relaxation in fees to its domiciled candidates, there is no such provision in Uttarakhand.
The parents of the MBBS students are also voicing their resentment on fees structure in Uttarakhand. “Fee here is four times higher than the costliest government medical college in Delhi. In states like west Bengal, the fee is only Rs 10000 per year. The fees here has become almost at par with some private medical colleges,’’ said mother of a first year student of GDMC Dehradun.
Meanwhile, the decision of withdrawal of bond facility in two medical colleges of state has been challenged in the Uttarakhand High Court (HC) . Taking cognizance, the HC has directed the state government to file a reply within three weeks.
What is Bond
Faced by shortage of doctors in state health services, the state government devised a policy of Bond. The bonded medical officers are those young medicos who at the time of admission in the medical colleges enter into a bond with the state government that they would serve in the health department of state after completion of their education. In lieu of this bond they have to pay highly subsidised fees during the period of their stay in the medical colleges. However instead of fulfilling the condition mentioned in the bond many medicos after completion of their studies don’t join the state health services.
List of bonded medical officers Government Medical college, Haldwani
|Batch||Pass out year||Bonded medical students|| Joined |
| Not joined |
Fees of govt medical colleges of U’khand
|S N||Name of college||Seats||Fees 2018-19||Fee 2019-20|
|1||Doon Medical College, Dehradun||175||50000||4.0 lakh|
|2||Haldwani Medical College||125||50000||4.0 lakh|
|3||Srinagar Medical College||125||50000||50000|
Saturday, 13 July 2019 | PNS | Dehradun
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