Chitwan, Sept 21: An agreement has been reached between the Chitwan Medical College and agitating students to return the increased fee charged on the students and to run classes in the existing rate. The fee taken earlier will be returned within 30 days.
The agreement was reached between the two sides after a day-long negotiation at the District Administration Office, Chitwan today. As a result, students will withdraw all their programmes of protest with effect from tomorrow, according to Chief District Officer Jitendra Basnet.
The students had brought the Medical College into a standstill in protest against the college administration’s decision to charge fee more than that determined by the government. As a result, the College remained closed since the past 19 days.
A total of 2,000 students are studying in the college that runs classes in 26 different faculties. The college had been charging 1.2 million to 1.5 million rupees more from the students.
TU urges Chitwan Medical College to return amount if overcharge
The Tribhuvan University (TU) has urged Chitwan Medical College and Sciences, Bharatpur to return the amount it had overcharged MBBS students.
Issuing a press statement, the government has urged the college to charge students in line the fees chart endorsed by the Council of Ministers on October 14, 2018, TU registrar Dilliram Upreti said.
The TU has said its attention has been drawn towards closure of classes and even hospital services by students, citing the college overcharged them.
Stating the Council of Ministers’ decision stipulates that no medical college is allowed to take fees exceeding the figure fixed by the government, it has urged both sides to sit for talks to fix the issue as ‘agitation is never a solution to the problem’.
Student’s right to education and people’s right to healthcare services should not be obstructed, the TU said.