Disabled MBBS students forced to pay full fees

The promise of the social welfare department in Maharashtra to give scholarships to physically disabled medical students has not been kept.

For the last five years, MBBS students at KEM Hospital and Seth GS Medical College have been forced to pay the full fees themselves.

They have been promised a refund but nothing has been done so far as the college and the state are busy blaming each other.

Nine disabled students from the 2012 batch at KEM paid the full fees of Rs 50,000 and Rs 70,000 in the first and second year.

While the rules state that they are only supposed to pay the nominal college fees of Rs 5,000-Rs 8,000.

The remaining amount of the fees is to be covered by the disability scholarship. Action in this regard is still awaited.

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