SC notes every private medical college maintains own merit, fee structure


The Supreme Court of Pakistan has summoned vice chancellors of nine public universities across Pakistan while conducting hearing into a petition concerning affiliation of sub-standard law colleges.

The VCs have been asked to appear before the court on January 20, 2018. The universities whose VCs have been asked to appear in SC for the case include Punjab University, Peshawar University, Bahauddin Zakariya University, Islamia University, Gomal University, Balochistan University, Karachi University, University of Sindh and Shah Abdul Latif Bhittai University.

Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar also ordered submission of details regarding the eligibility of law colleges, besides ordering the submission of file and documents of the case that is being heard by the Lahore High Court.

Medical College Fee Hike

Separately, the CJP also conducted hearing into a case pertaining to the hike in tuition fees by private medical colleges. The SC had on Tuesday barred all unregistered private medical colleges from offering admissions to students until the court decided the matter. Noting that some private medical colleges were being run out of small houses and garages, the CJP had directed the owners of such private medical colleges to submit details of their bank accounts as well as fee structures.

On Wednesday, various chief executives and owners of private medical colleges appeared before the court at the Lahore Registry of the SC. During the hearing on Wednesday, the CJP said it appeared that every private medical college had its own merit and fee structure, as he had been informed the day before that Rs 6.42 lac was being charged from students, “but today the amount has escalated to Rs 9 lac”.

He ordered all cases related to fee hikes by private medical colleges be transferred to the SC, adding that the apex court would formulate the fee structure itself. During the hearing, a female lawyer informed the CJP that she had received phone calls from influential people, including Punjab governor’s son for pursuing the matter in court. To this, the CJP directed the governor’s son to appear in court to explain the apparent obstruction of justice.

On Tuesday, the CJP had said that the hearing of the case would be conducted even on Saturdays and Sundays considering the urgency and importance of the matter.

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