Madras HC declines to order private medical college to slash MBBS fee
Tamil Nadu: Noting that medical colleges have to invest a lot of money in maintaining the infrastructure even if physical classes are not being held, the Madras High Court has refused to direct the private medical college to reduce the MBBS fee.
The petitioners approached the high court stating that since physical classes have not been held in the institution for almost 5 months, the annual fee of 22.50 lakhs should be reduced.
However, the court found that though the institution has conducted online classes since April this year due to the lockdown amidst the pandemic, they had to carry several other expenses. With this, the bench refused to direct SRM Medical College Hospital and Research Centre to reduce the annual fee.
"Even though the situation is extraordinary, that does not mean that this court can exceed its limits and give directions which are not sustainable in the eye of law. Therefore, this court does not find any scope for reduction of tuition fees."