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SUPREME COURT TELLS MAHARASHTRA FEE REGULATING AUTHORITY TO HEAR STUDENTS, PARENTS BEFORE RAISING FEE OF UNAIDED PRIVATE PROFESSIONAL EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTIONS

The Supreme Court vacation bench of Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel and Justice UU Lalit observed that the fee regulating authority constituted under Section 11(3) of the Maharashtra Unaided Private Professional Educational Institutions (Regulation of Admissions and Fees) Act of 2015 must devise a mechanism to afford an opportunity of being heard to affected students in its decisions to enhance the fee structure of institutions.

The bench was hearing the SLP arising out of judgment dated November 29 of the Bombay High Court in Sucheta Das & Ors v State of Maharashtra & Ors [W.P. (C) 10927/2017], wherein the High Court has upheld the order of the authority increasing the fee.