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Supreme Court said – Tuition fees should be cheap, education is not a business to earn profit


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oi-Rahul Kumar

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Published: Tuesday, November 8, 2022, 15:12 [IST]

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The Supreme Court, while hearing a case on Monday, said that education is not a profit making business and tuition fees should always be payable. The court said that the Andhra Pradesh government has decided to increase the fee by Rs 24 lakh per annum, which is seven times more than the prescribed fee. It’s not okay at all. A bench of Justices MR Shah and Sudhanshu Dhulia made the observation while upholding the order of the Andhra Pradesh High Court on Monday.

Supreme Court says Tuition fees must be affordable, education is not a business to earn profit

Hearing the matter, the Andhra Pradesh High Court set aside the state government’s decision to increase the tuition fee payable by MBBS students. The Andhra Pradesh government had on 6 September 2017 increased the tuition fee payable by MBBS students. The Court said that, we are of the opinion that the High Court has done nothing wrong in setting aside the Government Order dated 6th September, 2017 and increasing the tuition fee for the block year 2017-2020.

The court said, increasing the fee to Rs 24 lakh annually i.e. seven times more than the earlier fixed fee is not justified at all. Education is not a means of earning profit. Tuition fees should always be affordable. The court observed that these factors need to be considered by the Admission and Fee Regulatory Committee (AFRC) while determining/reviewing the tuition fees.

The court observed that the fixation of fee/review of fee would be within the parameters of the assessment rules. The factors mentioned in Rule 4 of 2006 shall be directly related. Including the location of the professional institution. wherein the location of the professional institution; the nature of the professional curriculum; the cost of the available infrastructure; expenses on administration and maintenance; reasonable surplus necessary for the growth and development of the professional institution; There is fee waiver (if any) etc. in respect of students belonging to reserved category and rest of the economically weaker sections of the society.

The court also observed that the High Court of Andhra Pradesh has not committed any error in issuing directions to refund the amount of tuition fee deposited vide Government Order dated 6th September, 2017. ‘Illegal Government Order dated 06.09.2017 to the Management. The amount recovered accordingly cannot be allowed to be retained. The medical colleges are going to take advantage of the illegal order of the government dated 6 September 2017 which has rightly been quashed by the High Court.

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The court observed that as it noted that the medical colleges have utilized and retained the amount for many years, on the other hand the students paid exorbitant tuition fees after availing loans from financial institutions and banks. And the interest rate paid is high. “Therefore, directions have also been issued by the High Court to refund the tuition amount,” the court said.

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Supreme Court says Tuition fees must be affordable, education is not a business to earn profit

Story first published: Tuesday, November 8, 2022, 15:12 [IST]

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