Bombay HC directs state govt to reimburse entire fees of SC student of deemed university

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New Delhi, Updated on Jan 25, 2023 11:21 IST

As per the rule, all students from the socially and economically backward classes studying professional courses in deemed universities are beneficiaries of the post-matriculation scheme (PMS).

Bombay HC directs state govt to reimburse entire fees of SC student of deemed university

Bombay HC directs state govt to reimburse entire fees of SC student of deemed university

The Bombay High Court has directed the state government to reimburse the entire fees of a scheduled caste student for the four-and-a-half-year MBBS course by February 6, 2023. As per the rule, all students from the socially and economically backward classes studying professional courses in deemed universities are beneficiaries of the post-matriculation scheme (PMS).

The student had taken admission to the deemed college in 2016-17 and had managed his fees on his own from multiple sources. Giving relief to the petitioner, the court cited an earlier HC order of 2015, upheld by the Supreme Court in 2019, where the government was asked to extend the benefits of the post-matric scholarship scheme to eligible students from deemed universities too.

The state currently gives the benefit of the scheme to socially and economically backward-class students from unaided private institutions only. While the state is in the process of modifying the policy to include beneficiaries from deemed universities, there is a delay and it is already facing a contempt case in the matter.

"The order in the petitioner Pramod Galinde's son Yash's case read with the earlier judgment (Bapu Sapdu Thorat judgment of 2015 and later upheld by the SC in 2019) can now be used by other beneficiaries of the post-matriculation scheme currently studying in deemed universities, to appeal before the court. It will also give hope to aspiring students who give up on their medical education dreams in fear of higher fees in deemed universities," said Advocate Vijaya Ingule, who represented the petitioner along with advocate Siddharth Ingule.

Galinde had taken admission to Bhartiya Vidyapeeth Deemed University Medical College and has been somehow managing the annual tuition fee of INR 11.25 lakh for four and a half years for the course, totalling to INR 50.6 lakh.

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