ASCOMS seeks 4-yr 'fee security' for MBBS admission; candidates aghast

Fee structure in accordance with rules: College administration

ZEHRU NISSA
Srinagar, Publish Date: Aug 21 2017 12:48AM | Updated Date: Aug 21 2017 12:48AM
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The MBBS aspirants seeking admission in Acharaya Shri Chander College of Medical Sciences (ASCOMS), Jammu alleged that the “new fee rules” by the college would hit them badly. 

As per the aspirants, the college has asked the students to submit ‘fee security’ for four years in the form of fixed deposit receipt (FDR) or by way of post-dated cheques. 

While the students argue that the direction could force the selected candidates from financially weaker families to withdraw from the admission process, the college authorities have defended the decision citing Supreme Court guidelines.

A delegation of MBBS aspirants seeking admission in the ASCOMS Jammu alleged that the new fee structure of the college had made it difficult for many candidates to get admission despite being selected. 

As per the delegation, the college authorities had asked the candidates to deposit annual fee security for four years of MBBS in the form of FDR or post dated cheques, in addition to paying annual fee of Rs 4.5 lakh.

Parents of a candidate from Baramulla, who sought anonymity, said that in spite of their son having the requisite merit to get the seat in ASCOMS, they were not able to get him admitted.

“I have somehow arranged one year’s annual fee. But how will I arrange funds for next four years in advance,” he said. 

He alleged that the fee structure that the college had publicised on its website did not mention that four years’ fee security had to be arranged “in one go”. Similar complaints were echoed by several other candidates.

These candidates had recently qualified undergraduate national eligibility and entrance test (UG-NEET) and were selected for admission in state medical colleges through counseling by JK Board of Professional Entrance Examinations (BOPEE).

Administration of ASCOMS however said that the fee structure of the college was in accordance with the laws laid down by Medical Council of India (MCI) and the Supreme Court.

“We are not asking for entire fee to be paid at one time but a security that fees will be paid annually. That’s why we have asked for FDRs and post dates cheques,” Dr Pawan Malhotra, principal director ASCOMS said.  He said being an unaided private college, it suffers “huge losses” when a candidate drops out in MBBS second year or subsequent years. “The Supreme Court has permitted medical colleges to seek security/guarantee of fee payments,” he said.

He stressed that the college was “not charging any fee other than the annual fee”.

As per the college website, although the fee structure mentions only annual fee, the “list of documents to be submitted” for MBBS includes “Bank Guarantee for four years/FDRs pledged to ASCOMS with fee equivalent to four years”.

In J&K, there are only four medical colleges with a collective intake of 500 MBBS students. The five new medical colleges announced in 2014 that are expected to increase the MBBS seats for J&K students are yet to come up.