About 101 MBBS students are currently in a feud with Baba Farid University of Health Sciences over the issue of revision of fees. After Chintpurni Medical College and Hospital was shut down in 2017, the medicos from the 2014-15 batches were moved to 3 government-run medical colleges in Amritsar, Faridkot and Patiala. The MBBS students were shifted after getting approval from the MCI.
Initially, the medical students deposited INR 28,350 as the annual fee in the current rate for government quota. But the university asked the students to pay a fee of almost INR 1.25 lacs per year, which is according to the government quota fee structure followed in private medical institutes.
The parents of the MBBS students requested the Punjab and Haryana High Court for a stay. The court ordered the university to permit the medicos to appear for the final exams after submitting INR 28, 350. Although the students were permitted to take the examinations, they could not participate in the compulsory rotator internship as the university held their results.
Currently, the issue is pending the Punjab and Haryana High Court. However, Baba Farid University of Health Sciences has recently released a notification requesting the MBBS students to deposit the rest of INR 3.32 lacs along with penalties. If they fail to pay the remaining fees, their results will be held back and the students will miss out on their opportunity to start the mandatory internship in April.
With the standoff still continuing, the medicos may end up losing one year of their MBBS course as might not be able to finish their internship.