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Medical fees hike decision revoked

Saturday, 31 March 2018 | PNS | Dehradun– Bowing to the public pressure, the private medical universities of Uttarakhand have revoked their earlier decision of enforcing a steep hike in fees of medical courses offered by them. These colleges rolled back their fees increase decision on the directive of state Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat on Friday. After the state government gave them a free hand to decide the fees of the medical courses, the private medical colleges of the state had hiked the fees by as much as 400 percent. This hike evoked a strong protest from different quarters and the medical students of these colleges started a massive agitation which forced the government to act in the issue. The Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat while interacting with media persons at his residence on Friday said that the private medical institutes have taken back the fee increase decision. He said that the representatives of these institutes had met him in the past and pleaded that since they have to spend huge amount of money for development of institution and provide infrastructure facilities, they should be allowed to increase the fees for medical students. The Chief Minister said that after manifold increase in fee by the private medical colleges lead to resentment amongst the parents, who also complained to him, these colleges have been directed to withdraw the fee hike in the interest of medical students. He added that decision to withdraw the fee hike by medical institutions in the state would be an important decision in the interest of medical students. On a tough note, the CM said that nobody in the state will be allowed to act arbitrarily and strict action would be taken against them. Rawat said that care should be taken about the facilities being provided to students of Medical Colleges of the state. The management of the SGRR medical college also confirmed that the fee increase has been taken back. The students and their parents of this college were up in arms against the fee hike and were on a path of agitation from last some days. The Senior Public Relation Officer (PRO) of institute, Bhupendra Raturi said that the earlier notice of increasing fees for the years 2016-17 and 17-18 has been withdrawn. He said that the students who were on the path of agitation have been told about the rollback and the copy of the decision is provided to them. Raturi said that the High Court (HC) in a recent decision has directed the appellate authority to decide on the fees within six weeks and the college management would act as per the decision of appellate committee and HC on determination of the fees. The Senior PRO said that the college management demands that strict guideline should be set up for ensuring that the students taking admission in the private medical colleges of the state serve for at least four to five years after completion of their studies.

Students continue protest

The decision of the private medical institutes to withdraw the fee hike has failed to satisfy the agitated students and they have resolved to continue their stir. Raising suspicion on the roll back decision letter which bore the signature of the Principal of SGRR medical College, the students claimed that the Principal of the college is on leave so its authenticity is under cloud. The students also pointed out that the college authorities have mentioned about decision of appellate committee on fees and left scope of enough manoeuvrability in future. They demanded that the colleges should clearly inform about the fees these colleges are going to charge.

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