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Health Minister warns private medical colleges on admission issue

On Wednesday, Health Minister Malladi Krishna Rao warned private medical colleges in the Puducherry. Rao cleared that if the colleges did not accept students chosen by Centralised Admission Committee (CENTAC) for PG courses under government quota owing to the fee issue, it will have to face stern actions.

Rao was responding to the questions advanced by the ruling and opposition blocks in the Assembly. They raised questions on the “predicament of students in the wake of the private colleges in Puducherry declining to admit them for the 2017-2018 session on the ground that the interim fee fixed by the government is not acceptable to the managements”.

A Anbalagan, AIADMK (Amma) Legislator, raised the issue saying that the students were denied seats by colleges on the ground that the interim fee fixed by the government for PG courses was not acceptable to the respective managements. He also alleged that the colleges were demanding around Rs 40 lakh for a seat while the government had fixed an interim fee of Rs 3 lakh.

Responding to the concerns, Rao said the fee now fixed was only an interim arrangement and in line with the system in neighbouring Tamilnadu. Rao said that the interests of 76 students selected through CENTAC under government quota in the private colleges would be protected. He said if the colleges turned away the students the government would not hesitate to withdraw the “No Objection Certificate” given to them.

The House was adjourned to meet on May 24.

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