Dhaka – The High Court on Tuesday asked the government to explain the reasons for excessive admission fees imposed by the private medical and dental colleges.
The a vacation bench of Justice M. Enayetur Rahim and Justice Md. Jahangir Hossain asked the Health Secretary, Director General of Health Directorate, Bangladesh Medical and Dental Society, Vice Chancellor of Dhaka University, Dhaka National Medical College and its management to come up with the explanation in four weeks.
The court passed the order on a writ petition filed by lawyer Yunus Ali Akand, who is also father of a Dhaka National Medical College student. The petitioner demanded a rule to declare the fees illegal.
He said the health and family welfare ministry in a notification on October 26, 2014 fixed 19 lakhs 90 thousands taka as the total cost, including admission fee 13 lakhs 90 thousands taka.
Akand claimed the notification transgressed article 27 of the constitution of Bangladesh.
Apart from that Dhaka University imposed some conditions on Dhaka National Medical College of which section 6 conditioned not to take more than 50 thousands taka as development fee, while section 7 prevented the authorities to take more than 1200 taka for monthly fees up to first year and second year.