Exorbitant fee: HC pulls up Haryana secy, private medical colleges on MBBS fees

Chandigarh, October 13: Acting on a plea against the unreasonably high fee charged by private medical institutes in Haryana, the Punjab and Haryana High Court recently issued a notice to the chief secretary of Haryana, along with Principal Secretary of Department of Medical Education and Research as well as private medical institutions in the state.

A division bench comprising Justice AK Mittal and Justice Avneesh Jhingan has issued the notice after hearing a plea filed by Dr Sandeep Kumar Gupta.

No difference in fee structure for state quota seats and management quota seats

The plea had sought directions to quash a notification, issued on June 15, 2018, whereby fee structure for admissions to MBBS/BDS courses in private medical colleges in Haryana had been fixed. Claiming the new fee structure to be exorbitant, illegal, arbitrary and unconstitutional, the petitioner stated that the arbitrary order left no difference in the fee structure for 50% state quota seats and 50% management quota seats.

The plea also requested the court to ensure that the fee structure at various private medical and dental colleges situated in Haryana be fixed as per the directions of the Supreme Court in the Islamic Academy of Education and Others versus the State of Karnataka case, in which a reasonable fee structure was fixed for seats in medical and dental colleges.

The plea had also demanded that excessive fee charged by private colleges from students securing admission in MBBS/BDS courses in private colleges be recovered and the amount be used for granting compensation to the meritorious students who cannot afford the college fee. It made a request to create a corpus fund to sponsor education of deserving underprivileged students.

The case is due to come up for hearing on November 27.