No Fee Increase for Medicine, Dentistry, Nursing and Pharmacy Courses in Pondicherry | Pondicherry News

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PUDUCHERRY: The government of Pondicherry has decided to maintain the fees set in 2018 and 2020 by the fees committee for MBBS/BDS/BSc nursing/B Pharm courses for the academic year 2021-22.
The current Fees Committee, which met under the chairmanship of retired Madras High Court Judge, Justice T Sudandiram in October 2021, has increased the fees for these courts for three years with effect from 2021- 2022 to 2023-2024.
However, the student and parent forums urged the government not to increase the fees as decided by the committee in October 2021, but to maintain the fees prescribed by the fees committee in 2018 (MBBS/ BDS/ BSc nursing) and in 2020 (B Pharm) after which Under Secretary (Health) A Punithamary issued a notification in this regard after Lieutenant Governor Tamilisai Soundararajan granted the approval.
The faculties of medicine had provided the courses in hybrid mode and the fee set in 2018 and 2020 by the commission for the academic year 2021-22 cannot be detrimental to the establishments, specifies the notification.
The notification directed the colleges to maintain the fees set by the Fees Committee on July 3, 2018 for student admission to MBBS/BDS courses and December 27, 2018 for student admission to BSc nursing courses and the 22 December for admission of students to B Pharm courses for the current academic year 2021-22.
Similarly, the government has decided to maintain the existing fee structure for all technical and BEd courses in the non-aided private self-funded engineering colleges / unaided private self-funded BEd colleges for the 2021-22 academic year as well. Undersecretary (Higher and Technical Education) MV Hiran issued a notification in this regard.
Meanwhile, Chairman of Student and Parent Welfare Association of Pondicherry State, V Bala alias Balasubramanian, has urged the government of Pondicherry to form a fee monitoring committee along the lines of governments Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Kerala and Karnataka to ensure that colleges do not charge above the fees prescribed by the fees committee and to take action against offending colleges.
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