Health ministry orders state to withdraw Essentiality certificate of SR Medical College; MBBS students to be shifted
SR Medical College is a self-financing medical college in the state of Kerala. The institution had received the MCI nod for the MBBS course first in 2016, after that it did not receive the recognition in the coming years due to inadequate infrastructure.
Last month, the Medical Council of India (MCI) found gross deficiencies prevailing at the institute based on which, it asked the Centre to take necessary action on the matter.
The medical college was earlier in the controversy with allegations that its authorities had taken revenge on a group of MBBS students for making public the gross shortcomings at the medical college.
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Following the incident, Kerala University of Health Sciences (KUHS) assured that the matter will be probed and the affiliation will be cancelled if the allegations observed to be true.
The students had further moved the court with their grievances afterwards; the bench had asked the MCI to find out whether the medical college had improved its facilities and infrastructure. In compliance with the HC orders, the MCI inspection was conducted where the medical council authorities noted severe deficiencies and misconduct during assessment rounds.
Recommending the Union Health Ministry that these matters are taken seriously, the MCI submitted its report wherein the assessors mentioned:
- Deliberate attempt to delay the assessment of the medical college
- Delay in presenting faculty for headcount which resulted in non-conduct of the headcount of first day
- Lack of certified documents of land, building, occupancy, fire etc
- Intimidation threats during the assessment
- Pressurizing the assessment team to give a favourable report
- Presence of unauthorized personnel during an assessment
- Observation by assessors that there were no patients in the wards in the evening whereas they were shown in the morning
- Preventing the MCI team from meeting students for any interaction
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Now, after deliberating on the report, the Medical Education wing of the Union Health Ministry directed the state government to cancel the Essentiality Certificate of the medical college and to send a proposal for transfer the students to other institutes in the state, reports TNIE.
According to Mathrubhumi News, the representatives of the government, medical council, University of Health Sciences, SR Medical College and complainants attended the meeting decided to reorganise the student to other colleges.
Meanwhile, the authorities at KUHS stated that the relocation of the MBBS students is going to become a daunting task for the government. They also added that the order from the ministry will also affect the third-year students of the medical college attending the exam.
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