A Public Interest Litigation (PIL) petition was filed in the Madras High Court asking the court to check the tuition fee of the medical colleges in the state.
The High Court has ordered a notice to the state government.
The petition was filed by Jawaharlal Shanmugam who asked the court to put a stay on all the admission processes of these deemed universities till the PIL was finally disposed of. The Petition was admitted by the First Bench of Chief Justice Indira Banerjee and Justice M. Sundar.
The Bench has sent a notice, to be returned by 17th July, to all the deemed universities of the state as a response to the PIL.
According to Shanmugam, the tuition fee of the medical universities is not according to the income of the teaching hospital and the medical college. The teaching hospital makes a huge profit. However, only the expenses of the university and hospital are considered while calculating the fees. The urbane and classy environment of the campus should not be the reason for this excessive fee.
On an average, the fee of any deemed university is more than ₹10 lakh. For any meritorious student, belonging to middle or lower class, the fee is beyond their reach. Shanmugan pleaded the court to order the Chairman of the Committee for Fee Fixation, Department of Health & Family Welfare to calculate the correct tuition fee of the medical courses in the deemed universities.
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