HC asks Pvt Medical Colleges to explain charging of high fees
Mumbai, Dec 4 (UNI) The Bombay High Court today directed the management of unaided private medical colleges to file a reply by Deceber 11, submitting their reasons for charging fees more than prescribed by the Shikshan Shulka Samiti (SSS).
A division bench, comprising Chief Justice H S Bedi and Justice D Y Chandrachud, was hearing a petition filed by seven students from four colleges across Maharashtra, alleging that the colleges were charging fees as high as Rs one lakh whereas the prescribed fees by SSS was Rs 45,000 for non-sponsored seats and Rs 30,000 for sponsored seats for all the unaided private medical colleges.
Forty-five M Pharm students of D Y Patil College at Pimpri-Chinchwad today filed their affidavits submitting that one of the students who is a petitioner in the case, was being harassed by the college staff to withdraw the petition.
The counsel for D Y Patil then submitted an undertaking that the student would not be harassed any more.
Another student from AISSMS College at Pune was prevented from attending classes, as he too was a petitioner in the case. His parents, who reside at Nashik, were called and asked to convince their ward to withdraw the petition.
The 45 students also submitted that they had paid Rs one lakh as fees and had not been given any recipt for the same.
The students further told UNI that they were not able to secure study loans from banks as they did not have a college reciept and had to approach moneylenders and pay interest rates as high as 25 per cent on the loans.
Earlier the High Court, in an interim order on October 16, had directed all the unaided private medical colleges to charge fees as prescribed by the SSS and they cannot overcharge, else proceedings under the Fees Capitation Act would be initiated against them.
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