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550 MBBS seats in Lurch: Supreme Court stays Spot Counselling, 4 Kerala Medical College admissions

550 MBBS seats in Lurch: Supreme Court stays Spot Counselling, 4 Kerala Medical College admissions

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.

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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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    Prabhu Prabhakaran September 26, 2018, 10:08 pm

    It is going to be a month since the Supreme Court quashed the order of the Kerala High Court to allow MBBS admissions to the 4 self-financing medical colleges in Kerala. Ever since the Supreme Court has been postponing a decision on the matter and consequently putting the future of 550 students in suspended animation. These aspiring students and their parents are still waiting to hear a final verdict. The Kerala Government, the Commissioner of Examinations and the Supreme Court do not seem to recognize the mental stress these 550 students are going through. The Court must decide one way or the other. Either these 4 self-financing colleges can go ahead with the admission procedures or rule that these 4 colleges are denied permission due to infrastructural deficiencies. But delaying a decision is causing so much anxiety. There was a notification some time back that the Supreme Court was appointing Nandan Nilekani, the former central minister to call a meeting of the medical council and the management of self-financing colleges to reach a conclusion with Kabil Sibal as the amicus curiae. But then nothing heard after that. This is the last week of September. Who will be responsible for the fate of these students? If there is a difference of opinion between the Kerala High Court and the Supreme Court, why to punish the students? The students have already paid the fees to the Commissioner of Examinations. How long they have to wait to hear the verdict?