Chandigarh, Sep 16: Punjab Youth Congress president Vijay Inder Singla today came down heavily on the SAD-BJP government for misleading medical students and people of Punjab by adopting double standards on the fee structure.
In a statement issued here today he criticised medical education minister Tikshan Sud for giving misleading statements. He pointed out that the minister in a section of press had stated that the government had not re-considered the hike in fee structure in the management quota of private medical colleges.
On the other hand Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal had gone on record to state that the government would have a fresh look at the fee structure, he said. The chief minister gave this statement when it was highlighted that a number of management quota seats in the private medical colleges remained vacant due to the hike of the fee structure by these institutions, he added.
Mr Singla further said that the contradictory statements of both the chief minister and the minister concerened had exposed the double standards of the government. The Youth Congress had been airing the voice of the students and youth in Punjab and would continue to do so, he added.
Mr Singla also contested the claim of Mr Sud that only 4 students had opted for BDS. He said that about 79 students could not take admission in the MBBS course in private colleges due to the fee hike and out of these, 28 students opted for BDS despite having higher rank in PMT as they could not afford the fee in the management quota.
He alleged that rather than advocating the cause of the students the minister in-charge had become a mouthpiece of the private colleges.
He also criticised that the government for not displaying the list of the selected NRI candidates in the medical collegs on the website. He also was critical of the government's decision to fill the vacant NRI quota seats by charging the equivalent fee for NRI's from Indian nationals.