Monday, September 29, 2014

SC fee rider on colleges without MCI clearance

Private medical colleges, which claimed to have the required infrastructure in place but were not eligible to admit students as they did not have mandatory Medical Council of India clearance, had got a bonanza on September 18 when the Supreme Court permitted admissions for the 2014-15 academic year.

However, just a week later, the court issued an important clarification, saying these institutes could collect admission fees only at par with that charged by government medical colleges.

Not only that, a bench of Justices A R Dave, Vikramjit Sen and U U Lalit said students admitted this academic year would pay fees at the rate applicable in government medical colleges till they pass out from the private medical college.

"Fees chargeable from students admitted pursuant to our September 18 order shall be at the same rate as applicable to students in government medical colleges in respective states and such fees shall be at the same levels as that of the government medical colleges till the students so admitted pass out from the private medical colleges or institutions," the bench said.

It also clarified that for the current academic year, students would be admitted only from the state quota list. "There shall not be any management quota list to be sent to the private colleges or institutions taking the benefit under our September 18 order. The management quota shall also be filled through the state list and the fees chargeable for the management quota shall also be charged at the same levels and rates as applicable to state quota list," the bench said.

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