Students of 2011-12, 2012-13 batches to be admitted in govt. medical colleges during the academic year 2014-15

In a measure that came as relief to students of DD Medical College and DD Hospitals in neighbouring Tiruvallur district, the Madras High Court on Monday directed the Medical Council of India (MCI) and the Tamil Nadu government to give admission to the institution’s students of the 2011-12 and 2012-13 batches in government medical colleges during the academic year 2014-15.

The court made it clear that these students would be regarded as those belonging to the fresh batch commencing in the next academic year. There would not be any other right given to them on account of their earlier illegal admission or the public examination written by them. The proceedings for increasing the seats and accommodating the students in government colleges should be issued by MCI and the State government by February 28 this year.

In his order on the petitions, Justice K.K. Sasidharan said the State and its instrumentalities and statutory authorities like MCI should prevent recurrence of this kind of cheating by educational institutions. Before commencement of an academic year and admissions, the authorities should publish the list of eligible professional institutions and their sanctioned intake. This would enable students to check the status of professional colleges before seeking admission.

Petitions filed by the private medical college’s MBBS students’ welfare association and a student of the 2011-12 batch sought a direction to the government to take over the college and direct the MCI and Tamil Nadu Dr. MGR Medical University to recognise the admissions made by the college for 2011-12 and 2012-13.

The institution admitted 103 students during 2011-12 and 150 students for the next year, without the MCI’s permission.

Justice Sasidharan said the undue interest shown by the State and the University was apparent. Even before the satisfactory completion of the first academic year 2010-11, the Tamil Nadu government issued a fresh essentiality certificate to increase the intake from 150 to 250 before the MCI’s inspection. The university was eager to help the institution in its attempt to make easy money. This was evident by the fact that provisional affiliation for 2011-12 and 2012-13 was given the same day, i.e. May 30, 2012.

According to MCI, the institution had no infrastructural and institutional facilities to seek extension of permission for 2011-12 and 2012-13. The MCI failed to discharge its obligation by preventing the institution from making illegal admissions. The Judge said there was no point in punishing the students as they were victims of circumstances. He said the court would not be justified in directing the State to take over private medical colleges.

Justice Sasidharan upheld an MCI order of October 14 last year in so far as the direction regarding accommodating the students of 2010-11 batch in government colleges and withdrawing the letter of permission were concerned. He set aside the order in so far as the decision to debar and blacklist the trust and trustees from making an application to establish a medical college in the country henceforth.

He remitted the issue to MCI for fresh consideration after issuing notice to the trust. Health department officials have to yet to receive the order.

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