New Delhi: Around 20,000 candidates who arrived at the Thiruvananthapuram Medical College, the venue for spot counseling for MBBS admissions in the flood-stricken state of Kerala are in for a setback as the Supreme Court has issued a stay order, putting a temporary halt to the spot admissions as well as admissions to 4 kerala medical colleges that was supposed to happen along with the spot counseling.
This comes after an appeal was filed by the Medical Council of India against an order of the Kerala High Court which allowed MBBS admissions to 4 self-financing medical colleges including Al Azhar Medical College, Thodupuzha; Wayanad DM Medical College; P K Das Medical College, Palakkad and SR Medical College, Varkala.
These medical colleges had been denied admissions by the Medical Council of India owing to their infrastructural deficiencies, but the colleges had managed to get a relief from the Kerala HC. Challenging the decision of the HC, MCI knocked the doors of the Supreme Court apex court urging the court to quash the order of the Kerala High Court.
Responding to the MCI appeal, the court stayed the counseling, and called for the matter to be heard in detail on Thursday. The week reports that a bench headed by Justice Arun Mishra ruled that the High Court order allowing admissions to these colleges could not be justified. The apex court also made it clear that the admission of the students who gained seats in these colleges could be canceled.
Until the final order is issued by the apex court, admissions to these seats will have no legal validity.
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