Panaji: Even as state’s main opposition congress party expressed their concern over increase in bond to be given during admission in MBBS at state-run medical college, Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant on Monday said that paying of bond at the time of admission will not be compulsory for the Goan students.
State government has hiked the bond to be paid for the admission in MBBS from Rs five lakh to Rs ten lakh at Goa Medical College and Hospital, which has evoked sharp reaction from Congress party and BJP’s ally Goa Forward Party.
Congress party Goa Spokesman Amarnath Panjikar on Monday had threatened to resort to agitation, if government does not roll back the hike in the bond. He had said that it was impossible for parents from economically weaker section to provide such a bond.
Goa Forward Party’s youth wing had also demanded that the amount of bond be reduced so that it would be affordable for the parents.
Reacting to the statements, Sawant said that State government is already is in the process to find out solution to help parents to furnish the bond. “But no Goan student would be denied admission because he is not able to furnish the bond. We are working out various options to help parents fulfill the criteria,” the chief minister said.
Sawant refused to roll back the amount of bond claiming that the neighbouring states charge bigger sum for the same courses compared to Goa.
He said that the bond is asked to be furnished to ensure that the student don’t leave the education midway and also goes through compulsory posting in rural areas once he attains degree.