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HC directs SGRR medical college students to pay pending fee

Friday, 24 March 2023 | PNS | DEHRADUN

 In a major victory to the Guru Ram Rai Institute of Medical and Health sciences, the Uttarakhand High Court has directed the MBBS students of 2018-19 batch to deposit the difference of the fee they have paid and the fee decided by the fee regulatory committee. In an order the bench of Chief Justice Vipin Sanghi and Justice Alok Kumar Verma directed that the students should pay the difference in fee in three installments. The court has directed that the students should deposit the first installment within two weeks, the second in six months and the third installment in nine months of depositing the first installment.

The order of the court means that the students admitted in State quota in the college would have to pay a sum of about Rs four lakh in three installments. As per the fee committee, the fee for the students under all-India quota is fixed at Rs 13.22 lakh while for State quota the fee is Rs 9.78 lakh.

The senior public relations officer of the institute Bhupendra Raturi said that recently some of the students, their parents and other elements had held a demonstration at the gate of the medical college. He said that the officers of the medical college and senior officers of district administration explained to the agitators the fee regulation and legal procedure after which the dharna was suspended. It is pertinent to mention here that the fee of the MBBS batch of 2018 was not fixed by the fee committee. At the time of admission the then additional chief secretary Om Prakash had issued a letter in which it was mentioned that the fee being deposited by the students is a provisional arrangement and they would have to pay the actual fee decided by the fee committee. The students had also submitted an undertaking on a stamp paper that they would pay the fee decided by the fee regulatory committee. However when the fee was decided, they held a protest and staged a dharna at the gate of the medical college.

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