LAHORE - Justice Furrukh Irfan Khan of the Lahore High Court (LHC) on Wednesday issued notice to the Advocate General Punjab (AGP) on a petition, which questions autonomy given to as many as 26 colleges by the Punjab Government and appointment of Board of Governors to look after their entire affairs. The petitioner contends that in the year 2002, the Government gave autonomy to the government colleges which the then Justice Ijaz Nisar set aside after holding inquiry into the matter. He said it was then found out that Rs65 per month fees would soared to Rs2500 per month in case of making the colleges autonomous which was quite out of reach of the students and a loss to the education of the youth. The petitioner contends that no member of the Board contributes to the funds of the colleges after they are given autonomy as such the entire burden has to be borne by the poor students to run the autonomous colleges. He has preyed to the court for directing the government to declare the government decision to award autonomy to 26 colleges invalid and contrary to the public interest. The court has fixed October 13 as next date of hearing. Operation of notification suspended The Lahore High Court Wednesday suspended operation of the notification earlier issued by the Punjab Government to cancel appointment of Ali Raza Gardezi, as Director Institute of Cardiology, Multan which was affected by the former government of Ch Pervez Elahi in Punjab. The Court has also sought reply from the respondent govt to the petition within a week while staying operation of the impugned notification. The petitioner contended he had been removed from the said office without any reason and giving him hearing to defend his case. if any allegations stayed against him. He maintained that he had been made a political victim for he was appointed to the said office by the last political government. He said if any charges of abuse of authority stood against the same should have been brought to his knowledge and given him an opportunity to defend his case.