Government Medical College not to collect Tuition Fee
The government has decided not to collect tuition fee from students who join the Indira Gandhi Government Medical College and Research Institute during the current academic year.
However, the students have to remit a refundable deposit fee, Home Minister E. Valsaraj, who also holds the Health portfolio, said here on Sunday.
Mr. Valsaraj was addressing a press conference to announce the Medical Council of India’s decision to grant permission for the college.
The government was yet to decide on the amount that had to be collected as deposit, he added.
The MCI had given the letter of intent and after providing a bank guarantee of 9 crore and completion of a few procedural formalities, the government was expected to get the letter of permission.
The bank guarantee would be provided on Monday and the government expected the MCI to give the letter of permission on the same day itself, he said.
As per the Government of India guideline, 15 per cent of the total 150 seats sanctioned in the College had to be given to NRI students.
The amount collected from NRI students could be used to meet the recurring expenditure involved in running the college.
Around 40 crore was needed to run the college, including salary for the faculty and staff.
The government had sanctioned another 60 crore to complete all the civil works, the Home Minister said.
In the long run, the government general hospital would be shifted to the Medical College and the former would become non-operational, he said.
Mr. Valsaraj also informed that permission had been granted to start a government Ayurveda College at Mahe with an annual intake of 50 students.