15 crore fine on med col­lege for hik­ing fee

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - TIMES NATION - Shivani.Azad@ times­group.com

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.”

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