This past Thursday, the Supreme Court of Pakistan banned private medical colleges from advertising for admissions until further notice.

During a hearing on a Suo Moto case regarding unreasonably high college fees at the apex court’s Lahore registry, Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) officials notified the court that Rs. 745 million had been successfully recovered and returned to the students.

FIA pleaded to the court to direct health colleges to construct a more centralized admission policy. Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar expressed contentment over the recovery of fees and stressed that the Court wants Pakistan to produce quality doctors.

He further added that the colleges have been extracting over Rs 3.4 million from students and that the colleges should be able to meet their expenses themselves.

In a hearing in March, the Chief Justice ordered all medical colleges across the country to return fees equaling Rs. 850,000 to the students within 15 days otherwise they will be subject to action.

The Chief Justice will now be going on a week-long leave and will resume his duties from July 30th.

Contributed by: Uzair Alavi

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