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New fee structure a setback to medical education: Teachers

Tribune News Service Rohtak, November 10 The medical fraternity, comprising of faculty members, students and voluntary social organisations in the realm of healthcare services in Haryana, have opposed the revised fee structure for the MBBS course and introduction of seven-year bond and demanded its immediate withdrawal in the larger interest. At a meeting organised in Rohtak today, all members of the Haryana State Medical Teachers Association (HSMTA) unanimously opposed the state’s move and termed it “an irrational decision which would prove to be a setback to medical education, especially for students of lower and middle income families who aspire to become doctors”. Dr RB Jain, HSMTA president, said the move seemed to be a conspiracy to derail the provision of medical education in the state and should be withdrawn forthwith. Jan Swasthaya Abhiyan, Haryana, has also decried the unprecedented hike in the fees of MBBS and postgraduate courses at state-run medical colleges in Haryana. “There are nearly 800 MBBS seats in government medical colleges in Haryana. The state government cannot provide jobs to so many young doctors every year. Hence, the parents of passouts will have to repay the bond amount from their own pocket, which will be a massive financial burden for them,” said Dr RS Dahiya, convener of the organisation.

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