Over 2,000 post-graduate medical students belonging to ‘reserved’ categories like Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and Other Backward Categrories across the state have been left in the lurch with their colleges refusing to accept their theses over the government’s failure to reimburse their fees since 2011. The students also face the risk of debarment from the exam scheduled for next year. The government has to refund Rs30crore for 2,000 doctors.
While the last date for submission of thesis is December 9, the exam is scheduled for May 2014.
A doctor from Grant Medical College said colleges have refused to accept their theses due to non-reimbursement of fees. “We’re not in a position to pay up our fee for three years... It tots up to almost Rs1.5 lakh,” said the student, asking not to be named.
According to the union government’s policy of fully-funding education of SC/ST/OBC candidates, the state social justice ministry provides Rs45,000 for each post-graduate medical student. This amount is reimbursed to the college concerned through the medical education and research ministry. A student from KEM medical colleges said, “We have no idea where our file is caught up as both ministries are passing the buck.”
Neither medical education minister Dr Vijay Kumar Gavit nor social justice minister Shivaji Moghe was available for comment.
Head of the directorate of medical education and research, Dr Pravin Shingare, admitted to the delay. “We are trying to resolve the issue with the social justice department. The students will not be affected,” said Dr Shingare. He, however, did not give any timeframe.