Kerala HC orders fee regulatory committee to re-evaluate MBBS fee structure for private medical colleges
Kerala: Canceling the medical fee structure fixed by the fee regulatory committee, the State High Court has directed the authorities to re-determine the MBBS fees for self-financing medical colleges. The division bench has further instructed that the fees should be determined within one month in compliance with the court order and norms.
This came after a petition was filed by a group of self-financing medical Colleges who opposed the fee structure as suggested by the fee regulatory committee.
Based on the order pronounced by the High Court, the fee regulatory committee, led by a retired HC judge, had fixed the fee ranging from Rs 6.32 lakh to Rs 7.65 lakh for MBBS courses in various self-financing colleges for the academic year. However, some of the self-financing medical colleges were demanding fees of more than Rs 20 lakh and filed a case in the High Court.
The Kerala HC, in its interim order, also instructed that the fee structure fixed by the fee regulatory committee needs to be re-evaluated. It also asked to inform students that they may have to pay the maximum fee demanded by the college management.
But the apex court denied removing statements made by HC against the fees regulatory committee and clarified that it was pronounced as an interim verdict and once the final verdict is announced the government can approach the apex court if it has any objection. Thus the top court directed the matter back to the High Court.