15 crore fine on med college for hiking fee
Dehradun: In an unprecedented decision, the Uttarakhand committee for fixation of fee structure of private educational institutions has slapped a fine of Rs 15 crore on Shri Guru Ram Rai Institute of Medical and Health Sciences (SGRRIMHS) for “charging fee at their whims” from the students of batch 2016-17. The medical college has been in the eye of a storm for “arbitrarily” raising the fee of students.
The fee fixation committee (FFC) has asked the medical college, which has 150 students, to submit a fine of Rs 10 lakh per student of the 2016-17 MBBS course batch.
According to the sources, the panel took the decision following several complaints from the students to the medical education department and the state government. Students of the current batch of the medical college have also been protesting against its decision to hike fee from Rs 5 lakh to Rs 19 lakh per year.
Bhupendra Raturi, senior PRO of the college, said, “Our institute had already informed the high court that the fee decided by the state government was six-year-old though it is revised every third year. The college had informed about the fee hike to the students and 90% students had agreed to it.”