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HP Unaided Private Dental Colleges Bill tabled in Assembly

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Shimla, Feb 22 (UNI) Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh introduced the HP Unaided Private Dental Colleges (regulation of admission and fixation of fee for 2003-04) Bill in the Vidhan Sabha today.

The Bill seeks to protect the interests of the students who were admitted in private dental colleges against 50 per cent government seats during 2003-04 and have been adversely affected by the recommendations of the fee structure committee.

Introducing the Bill in the assembly here, Mr Singh said the state government had fixed the fee of the meritorious students at Rs 20,000, while the fee for the remaining 50 per cent seats was fixed at Rs Rs 2.50 lakh for 2003-04.

The fee structure committee had fixed the fee of the meritorious students between Rs 63,000 and Rs 84,000 retrospectively from 2003-04.

Mr Singh said since the students admitted against merit seats had opted for admission in the private dental colleges, keeping in view the moderate fee of Rs 20,000 per annum, the increase in their fees retrospectively adversely affected them.

The meritorious students would not have opted for admission in private colleges had they known before hand about the enhanced fee structure, he said, adding that the bill only seeks to protect their interests.

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