Supreme Court intervenes to curb capitation fee menace in medical colleges

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New Delhi: Evoked by the case filed by a section of medicos over Fee Fixation Committee order, the Supreme Court of India has intervened to curb capitation fee menace in private medical colleges. The apex court has issued stringent directions to clamp down on fleecing students with capitation fees. The court has put out seven-point formula that colleges should follow during admissions.

The order has been issued by the bench comprising Justices L Nageswara Rao and BR Gavai.

The objective is to make the admission process more transparent.

The directions are as follows:

  1. The union government should launch a web portal where students can raise concerns about the capitation fees. This will be under the supervision of the apex court.
  2. During the admission time, the union government should direct the state governments and the union territories to publish about the above mentioned portal in gazettes. The chief secretaries should take care of this. The information about the portal should be printed in the pamphlets and distributed to students during the time of counselling.
  3. National Medical Commission and Dental Council of India should ensure final phase counselling procedures are completed two weeks prior to the admissions.
  4. While fixing the schedule for the admission process, the National Medical Commission and the Dental Council of India have to make sure that the counselling for all the rounds, including the stray vacancy round, is completed at least two weeks before the last date of admission. The names of students who are recommended by the authority for admission in the stray round vacancy have to be made public along with rank allotted to them in the NEET exam
  5. While fixing fee, the fee fixation committees of the states should take into account all the components of fee, leaving no scope for managements to charge any additional amount apart from what has been prescribed by the fee fixation committee from time to time.
  6. In the event that the management intends to charge additional amounts over and above the price band fixed by the Fee Fixation Committee, or for any component not included in the structure fixed by the Fee Fixation Committee, the same can only be done with the concurrence of the Fee Fixation Committee.
  7. The Director General of Health Services and other authorities concerned of the state governments should ensure that the All-India Quota and State Quota rounds of counselling are completed strictly in accordance with the time schedule that is fixed.

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