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Andhra Pradesh High Court ordered the government to give an explanation for the exemption given to minority dental colleges from fees fixed by the government. The High Court inquired if minority dental colleges were being given special treatment.

Petitioner’s Contentions

A journalist, Suresh filed the public interest litigation in the High Court. The petition stated that private medical and dental colleges were refusing admissions to students. However, these students secured seats in medical and dental courses through counselling by the NTR University.

The petitioner argued that 1500 students were not admitted. The bench advised the petitioner to approach the government for this issue. But he informed that private colleges objected to fee structure fixed by the government. Private colleges then moved to the Court in this regard.

Respondent’s Contentions

G Vijay Kumar was the counsel who represented NTR University of Health Sciences. He stated that the university had conducted counselling and allocated seats. But the private colleges refused to give admission. Therefore, according to the university, a fault exists with the management of these private colleges.

Court’s Decision

A division bench of Justice Rakesh Kumar and Justice Devanand heard the petition. The Andhra Pradesh High Court read out Government order no. 56. After reading the G.O, the bench asked the government why it didn’t mention minority colleges in respect of dental course fees when it fixed fees for medical and dental courses in private and unaided minority and non-minority colleges.

The government gave exemption to minority colleges from fees fixed by it. For this, the Court asked for the reason. Advocate K Srinivasulu Reddy represented the government. He sought some time for submitting relevant details before the bench. The counsel also requested the bench to club petition with other pleas on similar issues. The bench accepted his request.

As a result, the government has to provide the information regarding the exemption of minority colleges from the fees fixed by the government.


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