Kochi: The Kerala High Court has ordered that the National Medical Commission’s decision to charge government run medical colleges a fee for the 50% merit seats in privately run institutions need not to be followed in Kerala.

On February 3, the NMC had ordered to charge only government fees for merit seats in private medical schools. Kerala Christian Professional College Management Federation, Kerala Private Medical College Management Association approached the HC against the order.

While granting relaxation on fees, Judge Devan Ramachandran asked the associations to follow other NMC regulations. The court noted that after the passage of Kerala Medical Education (Regulation and Control of Admission to Private Medical Education Institutions) Act 2017, there is no distinction of merit or executive seats.

The entry commissioner controls the allocation process. It will be arbitrary and discriminatory if the NMC order is implemented, the court noted.

Kerala had ended the different structure of merit and management quota fees and introduced unified fees, decided by the Fees Regulatory Committee for Professional Colleges, headed by retired Judge R Rajendra Babu. They decide the fees after assessing the expenses to run the college.