ACME denies charge of collecting exorbitant fees

Staff Reporter

KANNUR: Denying the allegation that nine students in the nursing college under the Academy of Medical Science (ACME) at Pariyaram are being victimised for not paying `exorbitant' tuition fees, the college management has clarified that it has been levying from merit students fees fixed by the Government at the time of their admission.

The B.Sc. nursing students in the 2002 batch should pay the Government-fixed tuition fee of Rs. 50,000, in addition to hostel fees, special fees, university examination fees and PTA fees, totalling Rs. 70,500, according to the Government order GO(MS) No. 84/2003/H&FWD dated May 3, 2003.

The students had been served notice on March 9, 2005, asking them to pay the fees before March 29 that year, a press release said here on Saturday. The nine students, however, approached the High Court questioning the management's notice. The release said that the Government had paid the fees at the same rate for two SC/ST students.

The press release also said that an order favourable to them was yet to be issued by the High Court or the Government on their plea. The management had not taken any measure to force the students to pay the fees during the last two years, it said. The notice served last year had clearly stated that there would be changes in the fee structure subject to the High Court's order. The management had never victimised the students, he said adding that present action against them was what was expected of any institution against students who defaulted in payment of fees. The press release also said that the students were obliged to pay the fees fixed at the time of their admission till the end of the course. This was also applicable to students who joined MBBS, BDS and nursing courses in the college, it said. The students going to strike by raising an unfounded allegation were showing injustice to other students by disrupting their studies, it said.