TN Govt assures to reduce MBBS fee of converted Erode Medical College, TNMSA threatens further stir
Coimbatore: The demand of the protesting medicos to reduce the MBBS fee of Erode Government Medical College and Hospital is likely to see daylight as Tamil Nadu Medical Student Association (TNMSA) has confirmed that the State government has decided to drag down the fee structure to bring it at par with other government medical colleges.
According to the association, the ordinance is due within a week. However, it has warned that if the government does not issue an order regarding a fresh fee structure of the medical college, they will continue their protest.
With the take over of Rajah Muthiah Medical College by the Tamil Nadu Government, the MBBS students of Erode GMCH too came forward with their demand of reducing the fee for medical courses and protested at the college premises. Doctor's Association for Social Equality (DASE) and TNMSA have been vocal about the issue and have actively supported the protest and the demand of the medicos as well.
Medical Dialogues team had earlier reported that Government Erode Medical College and Hospital formerly known as the Institute of Road and Transport (IRT) Perundurai Medical College was established in 1992. In 2018 when the government decided to take the college under its wing, it moved the college from the Transport Department to the Health and Family Welfare Department. In 2019, the Tamil Nadu Government took over the IRT Perundurai Medical College and renamed it as Government Erode Medical College, affiliated to the Tamil Nadu Dr. M.G.R Medical University, Chennai.
Though the name and control over the institution changed, the fee structure of the institution did not change at all as the medical students continue to pay Rs 3.85 lakh every year instead of Rs 13,160, which is the standard government medical college fee. Hence, revision in the fee structure has been a long-sought demand for the medicos of Erode GMCH.