AP High Court quashes GO on PG Medical fees, Directs Govt to submit fresh fee structure
Vijaywada: Taking note of the fact that the State Government hadn't taken opinions of the private medical colleges before fixing the fees for PG medical and dental courses, the Andhra Pradesh High Court has recently quashed an earlier order of the Government and has directed the authorities to submit fresh fee structures within four weeks.
In fact, the court has directed the Andhra Pradesh Higher Education Regulatory and Monitoring Commission (APHERMC) to send individual notices to colleges seeking their opinions and objections regarding the matter before making any recommendations regarding the new fee structure, reports Edex Live.
Such observations were made by the High Court bench comprising of Justice R Raghunandhan Rao after the April order of the State Government fixing the fees for PG medical and dental courses between the academic years 2017-18 and 2019-20 was challenged before the High Court.
As per the earlier Government order, the fees had been fixed at Rs 10,000 in Category A, representing the convener quota, and Rs 11 lakh for the management quota.
As per the latest media report by Edex Live, the management of private medical and dental colleges had opposed the order and claimed that such an order had violated the directions of the Supreme Court. They had contended that the Apex court had clarified that a committee constituted in different states would have to consider the opinions of the private medical colleges and submit those suggestions to the Government.
The daily further adds that the High Court had earlier directed the State for issuing college-wise notices and invite opinions and objections from the colleges regarding the matter. However, such a directive of the High Court was not followed by the APHERMC. Taking note of this, the Bench comprising of Justice R Raghunandhan cancelled the Commission's statement that had been submitted before the State regarding the matter.
Finally, the Court directed the Government to submit a fresh fee structure within four weeks after sending individual notices to colleges and seek their opinions and objections regarding the matter. Only after considering these opinions, the Commission would give recommendations on the new fee structure, clarified the High Court.
Besides, the Court had directed the Government to inform the colleges on an individual basis about the fresh orders.