UGC forms panel to contain exorbitant fee charged by medical colleges

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With the motive to contain self-financed deemed universities, which charge exorbitant fees for medical courses, the University Grants Commission (UGC) has formed a committee, the Rajya Sabha was informed recently.

In a reply to a written question, Satyapal Singh, the minister of state for human resource development (HRD), said, “The UGC has constituted a committee to regulate the fees chargeable by self-financed deemed-to-be universities in medical and dental courses in view of the exorbitant fees being charged by them.”

The panel consists of R C Deka, former AIIMS director; S K Ray, former additional secretary and financial adviser, HRD Ministry, and a nominee each from the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Dental Council of India, Medical Council of India (MCI) and HRD Ministry.

Other members include O P Kalra, vice-chancellor Pt B D Sharma University of Health Sciences, Rohtak; Saroj Chooramani Gopal, former VC of King George Medical University, Lucknow; Mahesh Verma, director of Maulana Azad Institute of Dental Sciences, New Delhi; Ajay S Chandanwale, dean, Byramjee Jeejeebhoy Government Medical College and Sassoon General Hospitals, Pune.

Huge fees, charged by the medical colleges, have been a major issue in focus recently. The Supreme Court has also flagged its concern and pulled up the Government on the same.

“The cost of medical treatment is exorbitant in India. People are not getting medical treatment because of the the huge cost. Government has to do something about it, the Court had said in a March, 2018 decision.

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