Haryana Medical Education and Research department have revised the course fee, creating unrest among students. As per the government, a student will have to pay Rs 40 lakh for the course to take admission in a government run medical college. Moreover, the amount would sum upto approximately Rs 10 lakh per annum, in which the course fee will start from Rs 80,000 per year. With each passing year, the fee will increase by 10%.
All about the change:
Presently, government medical colleges in Haryana charge Rs 56,000 per year as their fee which is Rs 12 lakh per annum in Private colleges. Haryana medical department has also introduced a bond system for students. In fact, a loan pattern has been put in place to furnish it. Now students will be taking up bonds with medical education department. They will be facilitated an educational loan of Rs 10 lakh annually for four years. When five and half year moratorium period completes, students have two options to repay. One is, Pass out students shall be provided a job in Haryana and government will be liable to repay their loan in seven years. The other is, if in any case, pass out student wants to choose out of Haryana, he will have to repay his own loan.
Increased fee for PG courses, starting at 1.25 lakh with an increase of Rs 25,000 every year is also mentioned in the notification.
Government’s Justification on this move:
Government is ensuring that students of Haryana medical colleges will retain in their own state after passing out their course. State says this is being done to provide job assurance to Doctors. A senior officer of medical department said, “This is one of the best schemes state has put forward. Job assurance is must. And as far as bond money is concerned, Rs10 lakh a year is inclusive of course fee. Our institutions will only take college fee and remaining amount will be transferred to a trust. The trust will be responsible for repayment of student’s loan and other stuffs.”
Opposition got a topic to debate:
Congress, Haryana’s main opposition party is calling it the worst move of BJP-JJP government. They are raising debates for students coming from weaker categories. Moreover, they are calling it a scam to help private colleges hike fee.
However, Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khatter has mentioned the positive aspects of this move. On being asked about the new policy, he said this change will improve Haryana’s medical facilities. Students who used to move to other states, will now be serving in their own state first.