Gujarat government reduced the tenure that makes it mandatory for MBBS students studying in the state to offer three-year service in a rural area after completion of their studies. On Wednesday, the government reduced this tenure to one year from the existing three years, but it raised the bond requirements to Rs 20 lakh which a student has to pay if they are unable to offer services for a year. “As per the current bond requirements MBBS students after completion of their degree, has to spend three years in a rural area. If they do not spend the stipulated time in rural area then they have to give Rs 5 lakh that was furnished as bond to the state government,” Nitin Patel, deputy chief minister of Gujarat said in Gandhinagar.
According to the Patel the change in rules were applicable to all students who are studying very low fees in government colleges and those colleges taken state government aid or grant. “We are reducing the three year mandatory service period to one year,” said Patel. He also added that apart from the Rs 5 lakh bond that the students are giving, they will also have to furnish an affidavit to the state government wherein an additional Rs 15 lakh guarantee needs to be furnished on a stamp paper worth Rs 300. The deputy chief minister said that the mandatory service period for MBBS students have been kept to ensure that there are enough doctors to serve in rural areas of the state.