Health Minister orders probe into ‘exorbitant admission fees’ by High-Tech College


Bhubaneswar: Health and Family Welfare Minister Naba Kishore Das ordered a probe into the allegations against Hi-Tech Medical College for denying admission to students seeking higher fees.

The private medical college allegedly demanding Rs 11 lakh fees per year from students seeking admission into MBBS course instead of Rs 6.5 lakh fixed by the government.

Das has directed concerned officials to inquire into the allegations against the private medical college and to submit the report within three days for taking further necessary action.

According to sources, the government fixes the admission fees of both government and private medical colleges taking into consideration its infrastructures. As per the guidelines, the admission fees for MBBS and BDS courses in High-Tech Medical college have been fixed at Rs 6.5 lakh and Rs 3 lakh respectively.

The admission process for OJEE rank holders into MBBS and BDS courses commenced on July 6. The admission process at High-Tech College was conducted yesterday. However, the medical college authorities allegedly demanded Rs 11 lakh from MBBS students in gross violation of guidelines.

The college authorities said it had submitted a proposal to OJEE for a hike in the admission fees. “As the OJEE did not consider our proposal, we will not allow any students to take admission,” they added.

The move of the college authorities triggered resentment among the medical aspirants.

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