The Punjab government is planning to regulate fees charged by private universities of the state, The Tribune has reported. The move is aimed at curbing exorbitant fees for MBBS and BDS courses by these universities.
A law relating to medical education will be amended by the state assembly in the upcoming session of the Vidhan Sabha. It has been learnt by The Tribune that the Punjab Advocate General has given the approval to amend the Punjab Private Health Sciences Education Institutions (Regulation of Admission, Fixation of Fee and Making Reservation) Act 2006 recently.
The amended law will enable the government to regulate medical education fees charged by private institutes in the state. The Additional Chief Secretary (Health) has proposed to bring the amendment before the cabinet in its upcoming meeting according to sources.
Medical Education and Research Minister Brahm Mohindra confirmed that the government would table the bill after the Cabinet nod. Before private universities sprung up, 50 per cent of the medical seats in private colleges were under government quota. Fees for these seats are fixed by the government.