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Amit Deshmukh asks private medical colleges not to hike fees this year

Sharing his thought in the meeting, Medical Education Minister Deshmukh said, "It would not be appropriate to impose a fee hike on students in this scenario

Amit Deshmukh asks private medical colleges not to hike fees this year
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Government and private hospitals across Maharashtra, during the coronavirus pandemic, assisted the state government and helped officials manage the crisis by treating the patients. Several students and staff members also worked with an attitude to help the people in need.

Keeping this gesture in mind, State's Medical Education Minister Amit Deshmukh has appealed to the association of private medical colleges and dental colleges not to increase the tuition fees for this year. Discussions regarding the same were held in a recent meeting with office-bearers of private medical colleges and dental colleges. Present at the same were Director of Medical Education Dr Tatyarao Lahane, Dr Harshal Tambe, and other members.

Sharing his thought in the meeting, Minister Deshmukh said, "It would not be appropriate to impose a fee hike on students in this scenario and that is why we will have a direct discussion with Higher and Technical Education Minister Uday Samant to ensure that no additional fee is charged this academic year."

Reports also state that several primary and higher education institutions across Maharashtra had been forcibly charging fees from students even during the COVID-19 pandemic. This puts pressure on parents and students to pay fees even when their financial situation was weak. This caused outrage among the student community the general public. Further, it is also stated that some educational institutions had harassed people for raising fees despite government orders. Officials have also demanded action against such educational institutions.

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