Relief to Telangana PG Medicos: SC dismisses medical colleges plea seeking retention of high fee structure
New Delhi: Bringing good news to the PG medical and dental students of Telangana based private institutes, the Supreme Court has recently refused to entertain a plea by four colleges challenging the order of the High Court which had provided relief to the students early this year by implementing the older fee structure of 2017.Dismissing the four pleas as withdrawn at the threshold level,...
New Delhi: Bringing good news to the PG medical and dental students of Telangana based private institutes, the Supreme Court has recently refused to entertain a plea by four colleges challenging the order of the High Court which had provided relief to the students early this year by implementing the older fee structure of 2017.
Dismissing the four pleas as withdrawn at the threshold level, the bench comprising of Justices L Nageswara Rao and AS Bopanna allowed the counsel for the petitioner colleges to approach the High Court and file a review petition.
Medical Dialogues had earlier reported that providing a major relief to Postgraduate medical and dental students belonging to the private medical colleges in Telangana, the High Court had set aside increased Government's 2017 orders on the increased fee structure.
Dental courses were no exception as well. The 2017 G.O had increased the fees in private dental institutes to Rs 10 to Rs 15 lakh for management quota clinical degree courses.
Challenging this revised fee structure, the Health Care Reform Doctors Association (HRDA) had filed Public Interest Litigations before the High Court back in 2017.
However, even after some time, the colleges had not returned the documents and speaking about the matter K Mahesh Kumar, president of the Healthcare Reforms Doctors Association (HRDA) had informed Medical Dialogues that the colleges were denying to comply with the HC order with the argument that they would approach the Apex Court.
Recently challenging the High Court order, Chalimeda Ananda Rao Institute of Medical Sciences Karimnagar, MNR Medical College Kukatpally, Medicity Institute of Medical Sciences Medchal and MNR Dental College Sangareddy approached the apex court.
As per the latest media report by the Times of India, the Supreme Court refused to entertain the plea by four private medical colleges in Telangana wh sought retention of the increased fee structure issued by the Government back in 2017.
All the four pleas were dismissed as withdrawn when the counsel for the colleges sought permission from the top court bench for withdrawing their petition so that they could file a review petition before the High Court.
The daily adds that HRDA and Telangana Junior Doctors Association have already filed caveats before the top court. Meanwhile, the State government has maintained silence ever since the HC bench found fault with the fee structure. In fact, during the proceedings of the case before the High Court bench, the State had agreed that the admission and fee regulatory committee (AFRC), headed by a retired high court judge, had the job of fixing the fee. Even after the committee had completed its job, the state erroneously fixed the fee for the block period 2016-2019.
Meanwhile, even though the Committee had been asked to review and raise the fee structure, AFRC refused to relook its decision. Following this, the State unilaterally increased the fee by a shocking percentage.
Barsha completed her MA from the University of Burdwan, West Bengal in 2018. Having a knack for Journalism she joined Medical Dialogues back in 2020. She mainly covers news about medico legal cases, NMC/DCI updates, medical education issues including the latest updates about medical and dental colleges in India. She can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.