Minister of Education, Science, and Technology Devendra Poudel has said action will be taken against proprietors of medical colleges charging fees higher than the fees determined by the Medical Education Commission.

Minister Poudel, along with Chief District Officer of Bhaktapur Rudra Devi Sharma, inspected Bhaktapur-based Kathmandu Medical College today after complaints that the college had been charging high fees.

On the occasion, he said the medical colleges could not take extra fees than the fee determined as per Article 18 of the Medical Education Act 2018.

Minister Poudel challenged college Principal Ratindra Nath Shrestha to prove at the talks table that they had not charged high fees, otherwise action would be taken as per the law.

The minister also directed the college to present a report regarding the fees by tomorrow, said Minister Poudel's Press Coordinator, Bimal Khadka.

Minister Poudel directed the college administration to hold talks with students and guardians at the District Administration Office at 10:00am tomorrow.

Similarly, CDO Sharma has called the college administration and students at 10:30am tomorrow for talks. Students have been protesting the high fees holding demonstration and padlocking the college from Wednesday.

The education ministry yesterday had warned it would cancel the affiliation of medical colleges taking high fees from students.

A version of this article appears in the print on January 7, 2022, of The Himalayan Times.