The meeting, held at the University of Health Sciences, was chaired by Secretary of the Specialized Healthcare and Medical Education Department, Ali Jan. The new policy marks a significant change in the fee collection process for medical students in Punjab.
The Revised Fee Collection Policy
The newly approved fee collection policy has several key aspects aimed at streamlining the payment process for medical students in the region.
Meeting of the Provincial Admission Committee (PAC)
The decision was made during a meeting of the Provincial Admission Committee (PAC), which plays a crucial role in shaping the admission and fee collection procedures for medical colleges in Punjab.
Simplifying the Payment Process
One of the primary objectives of the revised policy is to simplify the payment process for students. This is a significant relief for medical aspirants and their families.
Fee Payment for First Choice College
Under the new policy, medical students who get admission in their first choice college will be obligated to submit the entire tuition fee directly to the institution. This eliminates the need to deposit fees at the University of Health Sciences (UHS).
No Need to Deposit Fees at UHS
Previously, students had to go through the process of depositing their tuition fees at the UHS, creating unnecessary hurdles in the payment process. With this change, students can directly pay their fees to the college they are admitted to.
Fee Collection for Upgraded Candidates
Another noteworthy aspect of the policy is related to candidates who do not opt for an upgrade after their initial admission. They will also deposit the entire fee directly to their respective colleges.
Compliance with UHS’ Policies
Private medical institutes intending to collect the full fee from students must comply with a new affidavit. They will adhere to the UHS’ policies concerning fee refunds and transfers.
Fee Refunds and Transfers
Colleges will be legally obligated to refund all fees to students who choose to vacate their seat or are upgraded to another institution, within a week and without any deductions. This ensures that students are not financially burdened if they decide to change their educational institutions.
Consequences for Policy Violation
The policy also outlines strict action that will be taken against institutes found violating these guidelines. Legal actions will be initiated against colleges that do not comply with the new fee collection policy, ensuring the protection of students’ rights and financial interests.
In conclusion, the approval of the revised fee collection policy for private medical colleges in Punjab is a significant step toward making the admission and fee payment process more straightforward and student-friendly. It ensures that students can focus on their studies without unnecessary financial hassles.