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July, 2008



Chandigarh July 14, 2008

The Punjab Government today decided to effect 16.67% decrease in the fee for MBBS, BDS and BAMS courses under Special Management Quota Seats.

According to an official spokesman fee for special management quota seats for MBBS has been reduced from Rs. 6 lac per year to Rs. 5 lac per year. Similarly for special management quota seats in BDS, the fee has been reduced from Rs. 4.60 lac to Rs. 3, 83,318 per year. In the main time for the special management quota seats in BAMS & BHMS course, the fee has been reduced from Rs 2.20 lac to Rs. 1.83,326 per year. There has been no change in the fee of NRI quota and the fee would be $75000 (Rs. 7 lac) per year for MBBS, $35000 for BDS course per year and for BAMS & BHMS $15000 per year.

The spokesman added that marginal 15% increase in 50% government quota seats fee enhanced last year has been retained. For 50% government quota seats last year fee was revised from Rs. 1 lac to Rs. 1.15 lac for MBBS course, Rs. 55,000 to Rs. 63,250 for BDS course and Rs. 35,000 to Rs.40,250 for BAMS & BHMS courses. These fees are the lowest in country.

For 35% management quota seats, the fee would remain Rs. 3 lac for MBBS, Rs. 2.30 lac BDS and Rs. 1.10 lac for BAMS & BHMS courses.

The spokesman added that the fee has been reduced to provide medical education to the students of Punjab at a low rate and also to attract students of other states in Punjab.

It may be added that fee structure was reviewed by a committee headed by Punjab Chief Minister Mr. Parkash Singh Badal in which Medical Education Minister Mr. Tikshan Sud, Vice Chairman, Punjab State Planning Board Prof. J.S Bajaj, Chief Secretary Mr. Ramesh Inder Singh and Secretary Medical Education Mr. Jagjeet Puri were the members.



The Irrigation Department, Punjab has announced the Rotational irrigation Programme for the Kharif Season through Canal water from 16 July to 23 July, 2008. The channels of Sirhind Canal System would run on priority basis from Patiala feeder, Abohar Branch, Bhatinda Branch, Bist Doab Canal and Sidhwan Branch, respectively.

Disclosing this here today a spokesman of the irrigation department said that direct distributaries of Ghaggar link and its off taking channels i.e. Ghaggar Branch and Patiala Minor in Group 'B' being in the Ist preference will run to their indent. Balance water supplies available will be utilised in direct distributaries of Bhakra main line of Group 'A'.

The spokesman further said that the Punjab channels off taking from Harika and Ferozepur Head Works & Branches i.e. Abohar Branch off taking from Sirhind Feeder and its distributaries of group "B" would run on first preference to their indent. Balance water supplies available would be utilised in direct distributaries of Sirhind Feeder in Group "A".

The spokesman also said that the channels off taking from upper Bari Doab Canal i.e. Sabraon Branch with its distributaries being in first Preference would run to their indent. Balance Surplus water available would be utilised in Kasur Branch Lower, Main Branch Lower, Lahore Branch and with its distributaries respectively.


Jalandhar July13, 2008

SAD-BJP government has chalked out a comprehensive plan and started working on it to improve of health and education sectors to provide quality health care and education to the people of the State.

This was disclosed here today by the Punjab Chief Minister Mr. Parkash Singh Badal during the foundation stone laying ceremony function of the new complex of a charitable hospital being established by Sri Guru Har Gobind Hospital Trust at a cost of Rs.5 crore.

Reiterating the firm commitment of SAD-BJP government to give highest priority to ensure quality health services to the people Mr. Badal lamented that even after 60 years of Independence; the Centre had not been able to provide the basic civic amenities to our people.

He said any society or nation could not progress without education and health facilities. Appreciating the role of Sri Guru Har Gobind Hospital Trust for providing health care facilities to the patients especially the economically poor at subsidized rates Mr. Badal said that it was a matter of great pride that Sri Guru Har Gobind Hospital Trust was one of the few most reputed philanthropic and charitable organizations providing quality health care services to the poor patients for the last 15 years.

On this occasion the Chief Minister announced a grant of Rs. 10 lac for the hospital and asked the Municipal Corporation, Jalandhar to strengthen the approach roads to the hospital.

Earlier Mr. Badal paid obeisance at Gurdwara Sahib and received a Saropa. Jathedar Surjit Singh Cheema, Chairman, Sri Guru Har Gobind Hospital Trust in his welcomed address gave details of the various social activities of the trust.

Later, replying to a question of Media persons to clear the stand of SAD on the issue of nuclear-deal Mr. Badal categorically said that they were with NDA.

Prominent among those who were present on the occasion included Dr. Daljit Singh Cheema, Advisor to Chief Minister Punjab, S. Sarabjit Singh Makkar, MLA (Adampur) , S. Jagbir Singh Brar, MLA(Jalandhar Cantt.), Bhagat Chuni Lal MLA (Jalandhar South) and Sh. Gurdip Singh Bhullar MLA (Nurmahal) .



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