KOCHI: The Kerala High Court on Thursday dismissed a petition filed by the medical and para-medical students of the Ernakulam Government Medical College seeking a directive to collect fee only at the rate as fixed in other government medical colleges. The petitioners had got admission in NRI quota in the Cochin Medical College before the government took over the institution. Justice A Muhammed Mustaque held that it was for the government to decide whether to collect fees or not, or whether to subsidise fees.
The petitioners submitted that once the institution was taken over by the government,it cannot demand the fees applicable to the students in self-financing colleges. Appearing for the state, Government Pleader Roshan D Alexander submitted that the claim of the petitioners that they should be treated on a par with their counterparts in other Government MC in respect of fee structure is not sustainable.