The Madras High Court on Monday suspended the enforcement of notices by Madras University which demanded the payment of continuation of affiliation fees in respect of courses offered by the autonomous colleges in Chennai.
Judge Anita Sumanth granted the injunction while admitting a batch of writ petitions from Loyola College, Madras Christian College, Women’s Christian College, New College and Stella Maris College, challenging the notices issued in March this year .
The applicants argued that the University arbitrarily set the fees without considering any of the parameters to be followed in such cases. He suffered from non-application of the spirit. If the University were to collect the cumbersome and high fees, it would lead to severe loss of revenue and financial deficit and cripple the functioning of the colleges. Therefore, it should be canceled for the benefit of educational institutions as well as students. Furthermore, it would affect the basic right of the petitioners to establish and run educational institutions under Article 30(1) of the Constitution, they added.
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