Kannur: The Pariyaram Medical College in Kerala is now on the verge of losing its recognition as the Medical Council of India (MCI) is mulling over its legality of running college. The Medical council is reported to have issued a notice letter demanding explanation from its governing bodies, Kerala Cooperative Hospital Complex and Centre for Advanced Medical Services Ltd. This comes after it was revealed that the college is running the medical college without possessing land of its own.
In the letter dated 7 September 2016, which was handed out by the MCI to the Medical College principal, a reply regarding the same was demanded from him within 10 days along with complete supporting documents. With this a notice was also served to the dean of the medical college.
According to a report by The New Indian Express, this action has come after a complaint from the ‘Pariyaram Medical College Sarkar Ettedukkuka Prakshobha Samithi’, alleging the cooperative society which is controlling the functioning of the medical college of not possessing the land on which the college has been established. This would imply, violating the primary condition of setting up a medical college under MCI guidelines.
The convener of the Sarkar Ettedukkuka Prakshobha Samithi, D Surendranath, in his complaint wrote that 300 acre of the said land over which the college is established was gifted by the veteran freedom fighter C Samuel Aaron to the Madras Provincial Welfare Fund Society for setting up a TB sanitarium. Rather, the society later on requested the government to take over the institution as it had become difficult for them to manage it.
However, in this connection the government later on took over the institution along with all its assets & liabilities and further gave a part of the land to the cooperative society of the medical college, which constitutes Kerala Cooperative Hospital Complex and Centre for Advanced Medical Services Ltd.
While the government was deciding over the shutting the TB sanatorium (meant for the free treatment of TB patients), a few persons approached HC against the government orders to assign part of the land to the smashed Cooperative Society. The High Court maintained that the government was free to run the medical college and the super specialty hospital without putting any obstacle in the functioning of the TB Sanatorium. The government later passed on the functioning of the college to the society.