Complying with the recommendations of the cabinet sub-committee meeting, the government of Punjab approved the recommendation of regulating the fee structure of private health sciences universities. The decision was taken to check the superfluous financial burden on students and their parents.
Let by Chief Minister Capt. Amarinder Singh, the state cabinet mandated to amend the Punjab Private Health Sciences Educational Institutions Act 2006, also known as Regulation of Admission, Fixation of Fee and Making of Reservation Act. An ordinance will be brought into effect soon for amending the act.
The cabinet sub-committee that met to discuss the matter consists of the then health minister Brahm Mohindra, finance minister Manpreet Badal, and technical education & industrial training minister Charanjit Singh Channi.
As per the Act, fees of medical colleges and other health institutes to be fixed and regulated by the state government. Distribution of seats between the management and government quota is also among the major recommendations by the committee.
Under the new pension scheme of the Punjab government, the cabinet brought a hike in the employee’s contribution. There will be a 4% rise in the basic pay plus Dearness Allowance (10% to 14%).
Commemorating the 550th Prakash Parab of Guru Nanak Dev Ji, the state government has also approved the establishment of Jagat Guru Nanak Dev Punjab State Open University in Patiala. The next session of the Punjab assembly will see the introduction of a bill seeking approval for the university.
The government of Punjab also gave a nod to the extradition of Kulinder Kaur Thandi from Britain. The Hoshiyarpur woman is wanted in India under various charges including murder.