King George Medical University (KGMU) had recently decided to hike the fees, but it seems that the students have not taken this decision in a positive manner. The students have protested against this decision of the university. The varsity administration believes this is a rational decision and there is no wrong intent in increasing the fees as the university spends a lot in terms of conducting examinations for the students and also that the university is facing a lot of issues in terms of its expenses.
There has been an increase from Rs. 7,500 to Rs. 16,500 in the fee and the undergraduate students have been asked to pay it before the semester ends. For the post-graduate students, there has been an increase from Rs. 12,500 to Rs. 30,000 in fee.
A letter has been sent to the Vice Chancellor and the Chancellor (Ram Naik) of the university by the Resident Doctors Association (RDA). It has been said that the hike in the fee is rapid and all the students come only after years of hard work and students try their best to stay ahead in the competition.
The Vice-Chancellor of the university, Prof Ravi Kant, said, “While resident doctors are ready to take high salaries paid by the university, they are not ready to shell out an annual fee to meet their own expenses. It is a very rational decision when the government funding is already in the negative. We have to spend in electricity for the examination hall, manage external examiners and pay for other examination related requirements at a fee that is still minimal as compared to private colleges.”