Concerned about the students seeking admission in medical and dental colleges, the Bombay High Court on Thursday orally suggested that the government frame norms for admission for academic year 2009.
The division bench was hearing petitions filed by various students seeking regularisation of fee structures as varies from college to college. Every year, before the academic year begins, the students approach the high court seeking relief from the ever increasing fees. The fees are recommended by Supreme Court appointed Shikshan Shulk Samiti (SSS).
The HC has begun final hearing on these petitions. The court will continue the hearing on August 6.
Regularly, the court has asked the students to pay the fees which would be subject to final outcome of the petition, i.e. if the fees are found to be excess then the additional money would either be refunded or adjusted against their next semester.
Recently in June, the HC had directed the students of KJ Somaiya Medical College and Research Centre to deposit the increased fees for the current academic year with the court. After depositing the fees, the court has directed the college to permit all the students to appear for the exams.
The order was in response to a petition filed by 43 students of the college seeking relief from the hiked fees which has increased nearly one-and-half times. The fees were fixed at RS 3.46 lakh as against the earlier fees of Rs 1.89 lakh. The students had earlier paid Rs 1.89 lakh.
The HC on Monday directed them to pay the difference of Rs 1.57 lakh within two weeks. Students complain that fee hike, though approved by SSS, is steep, as until 2004-05, they had to shell out only 1.44 lakh.
The court has now clubbed similar petitions of four other colleges – two colleges of the Mahatma Gandhi Medical College at Navi Mumbai and Aurangabad, Terna Medical College and Yerala Medical Trust and Research Centre –regarding fee hike at other medical colleges with the present petition.