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Kerala: UDF continues protest in Assembly over medical college issue

Kerala: UDF continues protest in Assembly over medical college issue

Thiruvananthapuram:  The Congress-led UDF Opposition in Kerala continued their protest in the Assembly over the issue of fees hike in private medical colleges, even as the hunger strike of its two protesting MLAs entered the seventh day.

The UDF members boycotted the proceedings to express their solidarity with the fasting Congress MLAs, Shafi Parambil and Hibi Eden, who carried on with their hunger strike at the foyer of the hall.

In the absence of main Opposition, Speaker P Sreeramakrishnan took up other slated businesses, including discussion on demands for grants in the budget for financial year 2016-17, for fisheries department.

Later, former Chief Minister Oommen Chandy and Opposition leader Ramesh Chennithala said, even though health condition of MLAs were not satisfactory, they were continuing their strike.

“The strike would end if the government takes a positive stand on the matter,”Chennithala said while pointing out at the statement of private managements that they were ready to reduce fees for students from financially weaker section.

He further said, the Chief Minister has also stated that government was in favour of managements’ opinion and “in these circumstances the government should take initiative to hold talks.”

IUML leader and former State Minister P L Kunhalikutty said, the Opposition was ready to cooperate, but the government should shed its arrogance.

Yesterday, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan held talks with Opposition leaders, on the issue.

Opposition leader Ramesh Chennithala said, the Chief Minister would be holding talks with private medical college managements today and a decision on the UDF strike is likely to be taken then.

Source: PTI
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  1. I was forced to quit my job by Dr. Gopakumaran Kartha, Principal, P K Das Institute of Medical Sciences, for refusing to take part in repeated fraud. All these colleges under the consortium made a mockery of faculty pay and service conditions. And when I took up these issues with Society of Clinical Anatomists, Dr. Kartha again took umbrage at my efforts. So all that is going on now is mere posturing by the folks who are supposed to take care of Medical Education Standards and Faculty and Students welfare measures.

  2. The only thing to be said about colleges in Kerala is that there is a consortium of self financing colleges of Kerala, headed by P K Das Institute of Medical Sciences, who have made a mockery of every MCI and KUHS inspections and have fooled Honbl. Courts to get permission for admitting students, all with their money power and tacit support of the politicians. How do you expect these colleges to toe the Honbl. James committee guidelines? In fact the Principal of P K Das, Dr. Gopakumaran Kartha, used to openly boast during admissions of 2015- 16 batch that James committee was also bought to ensure filling up of seats with candidates who had substantially higher disposable money and that they were not even worried about the Honbl. Supreme Court because money and contacts would ensure a smooth sailing. Can Dr. Kartha deny that he was ever a part of such shenaniganisms of fooling the entire system? Only thing I got from him was open threat to me and my family when I refused to take part in any further perpetuation of fraud. All these colleges came up during the previous UDF rule and now that LDF is in power, money must have got diverted and hence all the hullabaloo.