NEET PG Counselling: Over 20 AP medical, dental colleges boycott
NEW DELHI: The Andhra Pradesh Private Medical and Dental Colleges Managements’ Association (APPMDCMA), on May 31, 2020, said its member colleges - 14 medical and 13 dental - will not fill up their postgraduate seats for the current academic session. They announced the boycott through a public notice. They took this decision unanimously because the fee structure prescribed by the state government was unviable.
The notice also states that parents and students who were willing for admissions in the member colleges should not exercise any web options for PG medical and dental courses for the academic year 2020-21. The member institutes are not responsible for any further consequences. Check the latest notice released by APPMDCMA below.
Withdrawn from AP PG medical counselling process
The AP association's decision to withdraw from counselling organised by Dr. NTR University of Health Sciences (NTRUHS) was earlier communicated to the Government of Andhra Pradesh, NTRUHS and other concerned authorities through letters on May 25, 27, 29 and 31, 2020. Click here to download the letters sent by the association to the respective authorities.
The letter sent to the Vice-Chancellor of NTRUHS informs that the university has displayed differential fees contradicting the order of the Supreme Court in TMA Pai Vs State of Karnataka (2002) case and AP High Court judgment.
With differentiation in the fee, the Secretary of APPMDCMA, Ganni Kasimbi said: “In the view of above, I am to reiterate that the member Private Un-aided Non-minority medical and dental colleges have withdrawn from the counselling and request you not to allot any candidate into any category of Postgraduate medical and dental courses to our member institutions.
Plea for Uniform Fee Structure
As per the letter sent on May 29, 2020, considering the Supreme Court judgement regarding TMA Pai Vs State of Karnataka (2002) case, the association had earlier approached Special Chief Secretary, Ganni Kasimbi with a plea to implement uniform fee structure for the categories of students admitted to a programme. Also they urged that the fee structure for 85% eligible PG seats should be the same, but a higher fee may be fixed for 15% NRI quota seats.
The letter quotes that: “It appears that you have also not taken into account the expenditure incurred on various services provided to the students, depreciation values on equipment, infrastructure, horticulture and other maintenance costs of the institution. From the figures quoted in the fee structure, it is seen that the total annual fee per student does not amount to even 20% of the stipend paid to the student in pre-clinical subjects and 40% in para-clinical subjects.”
Through the letter, the members attempted to draw the government's attention to the contribution of private unaided non-minority medical and dental colleges in the state's fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The hospitals of the private institutions are taken over by the government for providing services to the COVID patients. The non-COVID patients are not admitted and no revenue is generated from these hospitals.” the letter from APPMDCMA, secretary states.
Since, the management is paying full salaries to all faculty teaching, non-teaching and health workers, it is being difficult for the management to meet both ends due to unusual situations across the nation.