Thiruvananthapuram: The Supreme Court’s decision to keep from intervening in the process of admissions to MBBS/BDS seats in Kerela for the academic year 2016-17, has smoothed the path of both the state government and the college managements, in rounding off admissions as per schedule.
The apex body’s decision also helps the state government’s task at hand, of admissions, as it is already in troubled waters with the opposition, regarding the fee structure agreement reached by it for MBBS/BDS seats,with private self financing college managements.
If the stalling of the admission process by the Supreme Court had been accepted, it would have resulted in a harrowing time for medical aspirants, and also resulted in the state government having to start the procedure all over again. The other serious impact would also have been the UDF led strike on the issue of hike in medical fee taking on a different scale.
The Supreme Court order also stated that since the admissions had taken place with the consent of the state government, no changes were called for in admissions regarding management quota seats, in private medical colleges of Kerala.
The court also did not entertain the state government’s petition against the Kerala High Court order, granting it permission to conduct private counselling and admissions for the year.
Meanwhile , the state government did not challenge the High Court order on August 26 striking down its attempts to take over carrying out of admissions to all medical seats of all medical colleges in the state. The state government taking another recourse in the matter , negotiated with the management, the state government went into a consensus deal on the issue of fee and went ahead with admissions in the state.
Though the state government stood with the center when it put in a petition to the apex court asking it to declare invalid, the medical admissions to private medical colleges in Maharashtra and Kerala.