Medical Education Minister Sharanprakash Patil on Sunday said the State government was working to plug the loopholes in the admission process in private medical colleges, particularly undergraduate and postgraduate courses, where seats have been surrendered by the students after its allotment.

Addressing presspersons here, Dr. Patil said the government was aware of the complaints against the private college managements of filling up surrendered seats without following the norms.

He said the government had introduced a norm of fixing a fine of Rs. 5 lakh on the student if he surrendered a postgraduate seat allotted to him and Rs. 2.5 lakh for the postgraduate diploma courses. But it was relaxed on the plea of students that they should be given a choice to choose postgraduate seats in the allotment made in the All India Entrance Examination.

“Usually, it is the allotment of the All India Entrance Examinations of Post Graduate courses and Post Graduate Diploma courses is done in the beginning followed by the allotment at the State level. However, this year the seat allotment of the All India Entrance Examination has not been done so far and the State-level allotment has been completed”. The plea of the students was that the students should not be prevented from availing themselves of better academic future by accepting seat allotment in the All India Entrance Examination and the State government had accepted this plea for this year.

Dr. Patil said the government had not agreed to the plea of the private managements for increasing the fee structure in the UG and PG admission and the previous year’s fee structure and seat sharing formula would continue this year.

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