LAHORE - The Lahore High Court on Monday declared the increase of medical student fees of Shaikh Zayed Medical and Dental College (SKZMC) of Rs110, 000, as unlawful and illegal and ordered its administration to charge only Rs365000 annul fee from students instead of unapproved Rs475,000.

Chief Justice Umar Ata Bandial passed the order while disposing of a petition moved by General Secretary Pakistan Medical Association (PMA), Lahore Dr Tanvir through Advocate Noshab A. Khan.

In its order, the court directed the Punjab government to constitute new Board of Governors of the public sector entity within three months. However, till constitution of the BoG no adjustment or refund will be made to the students, the order said.

The court observed that it was the responsibility of the provincial government to loot into the affairs of the institutions or departments devolved under 18th amendment in the constitution.

The court further observed that the SKZMC was charging Rs110, 000 (Rs75, 000 as tuition fees and Rs35, 000 as admission fee) from the students since 2009 without the approval of the BOG which is void and illegal.

The court ordered SKZMC to charge annual fee from the students as per decision of then BOG in 2009 (Rs365, 000) instead of unapproved fee (Rs475, 000) annual.

The court order said the SKZMC failed to justify the increased amount of the fee and to produce any document showing its approval from the competent authority.

The SKZMC would refund or payback the fees to the students if the BOG had not been constituted, the court order added.

Report sought from Wasa MD: The Lahore High Court on Monday directed the Water and Sanitation Authority managing director to furnish a report about steps being taken to provide clean drinking water to the inhabitants of Lahore.

The court is hearing a case against non-provision of clean drinking water in the different areas of Lahore.

Wasa MD Dr Javed Iqbal appeared in the court and submitted that water filtration plants were being installed to ensure availability of clean drinking water to all citizens. He pointed out a system had been evolved to take prompt action in case of any complaint against non-availability of clean water. The petitioner’s counsel contended that it is the responsibility of Wasa to provide clean drinking water to citizens without discrimination but the most of city people are deprived of this facility.

He argued that people were suffering from different kind of stomach related diseases due to drinking of contaminated water.

He requested the court to direct Wasa and other authorities to provide clean drinking water to all areas of the city and install water filtration plant in all union councils of Lahore.

After hearing the arguments from both sides, the court asked the respondent MD Wasa to submit progress report and adjourned hearing for two weeks.