“The MCI allowed admission of 150 students in 2010-11, but denied permission in 2011-12 and 2012-13”

The government on Wednesday expressed its inability to interfere in the affairs of the DD Medical College in Tiruvallur as the Medical Council of India (MCI) had withdrawn recognition to the institution.

Replying to a calling attention motion in the Assembly, Health Minister K.C. Veeramani said if the students were interested in joining MSc (Biotechnology) MSc (Microbiology), MSc (Information Technology) and MSc (Marine Technology) in the government-run universities, the government would consider.

The calling attention motion was moved by Manithaneya Makkal Katchi (MMK) MLAs M.H. Jawahirullah and A Aslam Bash.

The Minister said the MCI allowed admission of 150 students in 2010-11, but denied permission in 2011-12 and 2012-13. But the college management went ahead with admission process and a total of 103 students, including 53 girls in 2011-12 and another 106 students including 58 girls in 2012-13, were admitted.

As the students organised protests, the government stepped in to help them. Subsequently, the MCI agreed to admit the students of the 2010-11 batch in government medical colleges in the additional seats created for the purpose.

The government was taking steps to admit these students.

Mr. Veeramani said that the MCI had made it clear that the admissions done in 2011-12 and 2012-13 were against section 10 A of the MCI Act 1965 and the 10 B had clearly explained the consequences of such admissions.

“The MCI has asked the state government to take action against DD medical college for admitting students in violation of MCI rules and the government recommended cancellation of recognition granted to the college in 2010. Subsequently the recognition was withdrawn,” he said.

He explained that the students of the 2011-12 and 2012-13 batches had no legal rights.