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17th June 2018
Capping of fees for medical students at deemed medical universities in the state of Tamil Nadu

Dr KK Aggarwal, Recipient of Padma Shri and Ms Ira Gupta

A Writ Petition by way of public interest titled as "Jawaharlal Shanmugam versus State of Tamil Nadu & Others, bearing Writ Petition No. 16785/2017" was filed before the Hon’ble High Court of Madras seeking directions on respondents to fix tuition fee structure for medical courses for Undergraduate, Post Graduate, Diploma and Super Speciality courses and Dental courses offered by the deemed universities in the State of Tamil Nadu.

Vide judgment dated 08.06.2018, the Hon’ble High Court of Madras has held that the fees varying between Rs. 25 Lakh and Rs. 35 Lakh per annum is, prima facie, far too high and the Fee Committee constituted by the University Grants Commission (UGC) ought to make an in-depth study and recommend the fees to be charges by the deemed universities. Further, the Hon’ble High Court of Madras has held that the students shall be admitted to the deemed universities subject to payment of Rs. 13 Lakhs, on the condition that after the Fee committee determines the fees, if the fee is found to be higher than Rs. 13 Lakhs per annum, then the concerned students will have to pay the balance amount. And if the fees determined is lower, then the concerned students will be entitled to refund. The relevant paragraphs of the judgment are as follows:.... read more


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