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Medical college in Kerala demanding NRI quota admission fees is illegal

Kochi, July 28th, 2006
R. Patel

A state medical college has demanded Rs.2.5 million each against admission to seats in the NRI quota in violation of the rules. Supreme Court ruling in April this year, no professional college in Kerala can demand any such fees from candidates.

Asianet Television channel alleged that the Kochi Cooperative Medical College had demanded the money as development fees against the NRI quota.

The division bench of the Kerala High Court is all set to give its verdict on Saturday on an appeal filed by the Kerala government against its July 18 interim verdict on a new education bill. A single bench of the court had ordered that status quo be maintained on the admission procedures and fee structure to self-financing professional colleges in the state.

With the order asking colleges to maintain status quo, 50 percent seats in self-financing professional colleges would continue to be decided by the management and 50 percent would be in the merit category.

The Education Minister M.A. Baby sought to put the blame on the administrative staff of the college. The Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) has been against huge fees demanded by colleges. It has been on a warpath against private medical colleges which collect such fees.

M. Swaraj, Left wing student leader, said: ‘We do not subscribe to such hefty fees, and our policies are quite clear. We will launch an agitation against this action.’


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