Pupils applying under govt quota to pay same fee till further orders: HC - ECAS Punjab

Pupils applying under govt quota to pay same fee till further orders: HC

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Tribune News Service

Faridkot, September 20

Anticipating a loss of over Rs 50 crore on the account of tuition fee, Adesh Medical University has challenged a notification released from the Medical Education and Research Department. According to the notification, 50 per cent of the total 150 MBBS seats in the university are to be reserved under the government quota from this academic session onwards.


The fee fixed for the government quota seats is just one third of the fee charge for management quota seats. Gurminder Singh, adesh medical varisty's advocate

So far, 127 of the total seats were being filled under the management quota and 23 seats under the NRI quota, with no seats reserved under the government quota. While the students under the former category are being charged Rs 68.74 lakh for full course fee, pupils under the latter category are paying $1.10 lakh.

As per the notification of the state government on September 2, the Adesh College will charge full course fee of Rs 18.55 lakh from students under the government quota, and Rs 47.70 lakh from management quota students. The number of NRI quota seats has been decreased from 23 to 12, with no change in the fee structure for such students.

On the basis of NEET-2020 result, the Baba Farid University of Health Sciences, Faridkot, will commence admission process for all MBBS and BDS seats in the state from next month.

The university, in a writ petition to the High Court, claimed that such appropriation of seats by the state government for unaided private educational institutions was "impermissible".

Gurminder Singh and Jatinder Singh, advocates for the university, pleaded that the fee fixed for the government quota seats was just one third of the fee charge for the management quota seats. Since the appropriation of seats was "impermissible", the fee structure for the government seats was also "illegal", they contended.

While the decision on the petition is pending, the High court has directed that the university will be permitted to charge the management quota fee from students taking admission under the government quota seats subject to the stipulation that the differential amount quo the government quota seats will be kept, within two weeks of the completion of the admission process, in a fixed deposit by the university in its name. Also, a copy of the fixed deposit receipt will be furnished to the Medical Education Department.

The fixed deposit will not be encashed till further orders from the High Court. The court has further directed the university that while granting admission to the students, it will inform the students that the reduction in the amount of fee prescribed for the previous academic year is the subject matter of challenge by the university in the High Court and that the differential fees, if any, payable by the students would be subject to the outcome of the petition in the High Court.

The High Court has listed the case for hearing on December 14.

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