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HC issues notice for fee structure of medical colleges in Tamil Nadu

HC issues notice for fee structure of medical colleges in Tamil Nadu

Chennai: The Madras High Court on Friday in response to a PIL filed impleaded the Union HRD Ministry, five medical colleges in Karaikkal and Puducherry  and  the UGC-  as party-respondents in the PIL to declare that the fees payable for admission in PG medical courses in self-financing and deemed-to-be universities in the Union Territory shall be as fixed/to be fixed by the fee committee.The bench also furnished a  notice to S Srinivasan, Assistant Solicitor General and to the five colleges, including Aarupadai Veedu Medical College, Kirumanpakkam, Puducherry, returnable by June 13.

The two member bench comprising of Justice Indira Banerjee and Justice M Sundar was responding to a PIL  petition filed by V.B.R. Menon, a  Chennai based lawyer pleading that it make a declaration  that the fee structure for self financing medical and dental colleges for post graduation courses shall be fixed by the Puducherry Fee Committee.

Advocate Menon, who filed the petition brought to the attention of the court that there are 7 Medical colleges and a Dental college, under self-finance and Deemed University categories, in the Union Territory of Puducherry. It stated that admissions to these colleges are  supervised by the “ Centralized Admission Committee”(CENTAC).  The fee to these colleges is  fixed by the Fee Committee the petitoner further infromed.He  alleged that the committee has so far only fixed the fee for 3 of the colleges. This lacunae has resulted in the managements of the remaining colleges  demanding exorbitant fee from students in accordance to their will.

The petitioner further alleged  that of the affiliated colleges, some of them were accepting the fee of Rs 5.5 lakh fixed by the Puducherry Fee Committee, but were also  demanding to execute ‘post-course’ service bonds and undertakings from the candidates.

Speaking about  deemed  universities the petitioner claimed that they were  not accepting the fees fixed by the fee committee and were demanding inflated sums amounting to  Rs 40-50 lakh.  Besides which he added, they were also  demanding execution of post-education service bonds and undertakings.

“The Petitioner also  states that as the Puducherry  Fee Committee has already  fixed the fee in its wisdom for the 3 self – financing Colleges, any dispute over   fixation of fees for the 4 Deemed University Colleges may not be allowed to stand in the way of student  admissions into those colleges out of State Quota which were allotted on the basis of  NEET merit  and in accordance with  the law/ rules prescribed by the Medical Council of India and the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India. The Deemed University managements are attempting to circumvent the settled law through devious claims and to sell the seats to less meritorious students through private auction,”Menon’s petition  contended.

Mr. Menon in his petition mentioned that  these colleges be directed to fix the fee in accordance with the directions given by the Supreme Court  in the case of the Islamic Academy of Education and Ors. v. State of Karnataka, (2003) 6 SCC 697; A direction given by the court  “so that professional institutions do not become auction houses for the purpose of selling seats.”

The petition also urged for a quick hearing, as Post Graduate Medical Courses in Puducherry are already on since June 7. However, the petition continues to remain  restrictive in nature, as it only addresses- state quota admissions.




Source: with inputs
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