In an endeavour to improve infrastructure to ensure better education to medical students, the Punjab Cabinet has decided to hike fee for the MBBS course in government and private medical colleges in the state.
As per a spokesperson from the Chief Minister’s Office, the fee for the MBBS course in government colleges and private colleges was last notified in 2015 and 2014 respectively.
Since then, there has been a huge spike in infrastructure, equipment, and other operational cost. In this light, colleges were facing fiscal problems and were unable to meet the norms of the Medical Council of India, thus necessitating a fee hike, the spokesperson was quoted saying by a Tribune report.
Colleges were demanding hike in fee for a long time as existing fee structure couldn’t help them to maintain quality of education for students.
The Cabinet has also approved the administrative reports of the Transport Department for the year 2016-17 and 2007-18. Amendment in the Punjab Agricultural Group-A Service Rules, 2013, has also been cleared.