Citing that Rs 25-35 lakh fee per annum for medical courses was prima facie far too high, the Madras High Court on Friday directed deemed universities in Tamil Nadu to collect Rs 13 lakh for MBBS courses as an interim measure, pending University Grants Commission’s (UGC) fee fixation committee’s decision.
“We are informed that the (UGC) fee committee has earlier fixed Rs 11.50 lakh for management quota for the medical colleges run by the Deemed Universities and the students may now be admitted subject to payment of Rs 13 lakh,” the bench of Chief Justice Indira Banerjee and Justice P T Asha said.
Once the fee committee determines the fee and the same is found to be higher than Rs 13 lakh per annum, the students will have to remit the balance.
Following this, a consortium of deemed universities would meet in New Delhi to decide on the next course of action. The colleges may move the Supreme Court.
Meanwhile, SRM Medical College has put out public notice warning students and parents against fake webpages and illegal agents.
“The official website of SRM University www.srmuniv.ac.in is the only website for admissions. Also firstname.lastname@example.org is the official email ID for any communications related to admission,” it said.
A PIL in the HC sought a direction to fix the tuition fee structure for all medical courses offered by the deemed universities in the state, taking into consideration the complete financial statements and annual returns of the deemed universities and their entities.