A division bench of the Lahore High Court on Monday issued a notice to the Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PMDC) and college administrations for August 27 on an application seeking the withdrawal of Rs118,000 miscellaneous expenses from the fees of private medical colleges.
Petitioners’ counsel Muhammad Azhar Siddique submitted that private medical colleges already charged their students exorbitant fees. He said that the fees were so high that middle or lower-middle classes could not afford it unless they sold off their assets.
He submitted that the petition was still in court, but the colleges had issued fee demands that included unjustified expense under the head of miscellaneous charges.
Siddique submitted that the demand for miscellaneous charges was in violation of PMDC’s rules and regulations as well.
He submitted that prima facie, the state had failed to safeguard the interests and right of medical students as private colleges kept charging exorbitant amounts under meaningless heads. The students and parents were helpless in this situation.
Siddique requested the court to restrain private medical colleges from adding miscellaneous charges to their fee structure, and direct them to comply with the relevant law.
Published in The Express Tribune, August 6th, 2013.