Kerala Private Medical College Managements Association has welcomed the Supreme Court’s directive seeking a consensus among the government, managements and the admission supervisory committee in conducting a new entrance test for filling the vacant seats in 10 affiliated colleges of the association.

Reacting to the apex court’s observation, Fazal Gafoor, president of the association, told The Hindu that the court had asked the admission supervisory committee, headed by the former judge P. A. Mohammed, to work out the modalities of the entrance test.

The Supreme Court had asked the committee to suggest a method for filling up the nearly 97 vacant seats. In its reply furnished before the court on Monday, the committee recommended a new test for filling up the seats.

Speaking to The Hindu here, Mr. Mohammed said that he could comment on the development only after receiving the original direction from the apex court.

Stating that the association would cooperate with the new test to be supervised by the admission supervisory committee, Dr. Gafoor said that the apex court had vindicated the stance taken by the association in filling up the vacant seats. He said that the court had accepted the Rs. 5. 5 lakh tuition fee and Rs. 5 lakh deposit for candidates seeking admission in the seats reserved under the management quota.

The court had also accepted the bank guarantee sought from students (from the rank list prepared by the Commissioner for Entrance Examinations) who had sought admission in the management quota in the affiliated colleges, Dr. Gafoor said.