Himachal Pradesh Health Minister Kaul Singh introduced in the assembly the HP Private Medical Educational Institutions (Regulation and of Admissions and fixation of Fee) Amendment Bill, 2015, seeking to vest power to affiliate private medical institutions in Himachal Pradesh University. The bill provides for insertion of a sub clause in Section 3 of the principal Act for regulation of admission in private medical educational institutions on the basis of merit obtained in Centralised Common Admission Test.
It also seeks to plug some loop holes and ambiguities in definitions of clauses (e) and (j) of section 2 which are being misused by the private medical educational institutions to introduce element of opaqueness and irregularities in the admission process, the minister said. The amendment provides for making admissions from the Centralised examinations (AIIPMT, NEET) conducted either by central agency (with CBSE) or by Himachal Pradesh University and to ensure that all private medical educational institutions are regulated under the provisions of the Act, he said.
The amendment would be applicable to all private medical institutions including the medical and dental colleges and seeking affiliation from HPU would be mandatory, he added. The sub clauses (6a) states that in order to ensure common standards for maintaining the excellence of medical education in the state, the Himachal Pradesh University shall have the exclusive power to affiliate private medical institutions set up in the state.
The sub section (6b) says that “Notwithstanding anything contained in this Act, the Private Medical Educational Institutions shall be bound to comply with all the rules, directions and notifications issued by the state government, from time to time, and provide all such facilities and assistance as are required to implement such rules, directions and notifications”, Singh said.
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