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July 13, 2018

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SC bars private medical colleges from giving admission ads

LAHORE: The Supreme Court barred private medical colleges countrywide from advertising admissions until further notice, Geo News reported.

The chief justice was hearing a suo motu case Thursday on exorbitant fees charged by medical colleges, at the Lahore Registry. Officials from the FIA informed the court that Rs745 million had been successfully recovered and returned to students.

The agency further pleaded the court to issue directives to the University of Health Sciences for constituting a centralised admission policy. Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar expressed satisfaction at the recovery of fees from the medical colleges, and remarked that the court wants quality doctors emerging from the country.

People like shopkeepers have entered into the profession of running medical colleges, the top judge remarked. He lamented that medical colleges have been extracting as much as Rs3.4 million from students in fees, adding that the court also wanted medical colleges to be able to meet their expenses.

The chief justice further remarked that he is going on a week-long leave, and will resume hearing cases from July 30. During a hearing earlier in March, the Supreme Court had ordered all medical colleges across the country to return collected fees in excess of Rs850,000 to students within 15 days. The chief justice had warned of action against medical colleges not complying with the court’s orders.

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