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LAHORE: On the directions of Punjab’s interim Health Minister, Prof Javed Akram, the University of Health Sciences (UHS) has suspended the decision to increase the examination fees.

A UHS spokesperson Tuesday said that the implementation of the notification issued on January 31 regarding an increase in fees for various examinations has been held in abeyance on the directions of the caretaker health minister.

The decision to increase the examination fees was taken after seven years due to rising expenses, he said, adding: “There is no truth in the news of a 10-fold increase in fees.

Foreign experts are paid in dollars for the evaluation of the PhD thesis. Foreign experts are paid 480 dollars for each thesis evaluation.” The spokesman said that additional expenses are being met by the university from its resources.

He said that while revising the fees, the fee structure of other universities and institutions was kept in mind.

It has become difficult to maintain the quality of examinations without increasing the remuneration of the examiners. The fees will be reconsidered as per the government directive, the spokesman added.

Copyright Business Recorder, 2023

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