Supreme Court directs IIT Madras to treat OCI student as local student for fee

NEW DELHI: For the current academic year, the Supreme Court ordered the IIT Madras to treat an Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) student on an equal footing with Indian students in terms of fees.

"Respondent IIT Madras must treat the petitioner on par with Indian residents with regard to the fees levied in terms of our order dated October 27, 2021.. directed accordingly, subject to the outcome of the SLP," a bench of Justices Abdul Nazeer and Krishna Murari said. Nidhay Eedala Reddy had filed a petition with the Supreme Court, which resulted in the ruling.

The petitioner's lawyer, senior attorney Anitha Shenoy, argued before the bench that her client was admitted under the open category, and the institute demanded that he pay fees meant for foreign nationals. She went on to say that for the past 12 years, OCIs have paid the same tuition as Indian students, but that this year, the situation was reversed.

The Centre's Additional Solicitor General Aishwarya Bhati stated that the fee for non-Indian candidates is Rs 3,18,000 every semester, while the charge for Indian students is Rs 1,04,000.

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