Education is not a profit earning institution and fees must always be cost meet, the top Court has delivered while upholding the AP HC’s order striking out the state government's verdict to increase fee in medical colleges to Rs twenty four lakh per year.
Bench composed of justices M R Shah and Sudhanshu Dhulia gave a cost of five lakh rupees on the petitioner, NMC educational society, and AP to be deposited with the court registry within a duration of 6 weeks.
The court said that "To enhance the fee to Rs 24 lakh per annum i.e., seven times more than the fee fixed earlier was not justifiable at all. Education is not the business to earn profit. The tuition fee shall always be affordable".
The apex court delivered many factors such as the place of the educational society, scope of the educational course, fees of available arrangements needed to be made by the Admission and Fee Regulatory Committee while analysing the tuition fees.
It noted that education systems can’t be allowed to get the amount getting from pursuant to the illegal government order.
The court further said that "In view of the above and for the reasons stated above both the appeals fail and the same deserve to be dismissed and are accordingly dismissed, however, with cost which is quantified at Rs 5 lakh to be equally paid by the appellant as well as the State of Andhra Pradesh to be deposited with the Registry of this Court within a period of six weeks".