Supreme court statement; Tuition must be budget – friendly, and education is not a business

The Supreme Court stated on Monday that education is not a profit-making enterprise and that tuition fees should always be affordable

by Soumayashree Mishra
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The Supreme Court stated on Monday that education is not a profit-making enterprise and that tuition fees should always be affordable, noting that the Andhra Pradesh Government’s decision to raise the fee to Rs 24 lakhs per annum, which is seven times the previous fee, is not justifiable at all.

On Monday, a bench of justices MR Shah and Sudhanshu Dhulia made these remarks while upholding the Andhra Pradesh High Court’s order that overturned the State Government’s decision to increase the tuition fee payable by MBBS students.

 

“We believe the High Court made no error in quashing and setting aside the Government Order dated September 6, 2017, increasing the tuition fee for the block years 2017-2020,” the court said.

 

“Increasing the fee to Rs 24 lakhs per annum, or seven times the previous fee, was completely unjustifiable.” Education is not a for-profit enterprise. The tuition fee must always be affordable, according to the court.

 

The court observed that the fee determination/review shall be within the parameters of the fixation rules and shall have a direct nexus on the factors mentioned in Rule 4 of the Rules, 2006, which include the location of the professional institution; the nature of the professional course; the cost of available infrastructure; the expenditure on administration and maintenance; and a reasonable surplus required for the professional institution’s growth and development.

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