Scheduled caste student’s fees to be reimbursed – Court

In what could be a precedent for all students from the socially and economically backward classes studying professional courses in deemed universities and who are beneficiaries of the post-matriculation scheme, the Bombay High Court has directed the state government to reimburse the entire fees of a student for the four-and-a-half year MBBS course by 6 February, writes Yogita Rao for TNN.

The student, belonging to the scheduled caste, took admission in a deemed college in 2016-17, and had to manage the fees on his own from multiple sources.

Giving relief to the petitioner, the court cited an earlier High Court 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.
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