Setting aside of entrance by private medical colleges

The Supreme Court on Wednesday declined to interfere with a judgment of the Kerala High Court affirming the order of the Admission Supervisory Committee for Professional Colleges which set aside the entrance examination conducted by the Kerala Private Medical College Management Association on May 31 for admission to the MBBS in management seats in self-financing medical colleges in the State.

Withdraws SLP

When a Bench of Justices H.L. Dattu and Dipak Misra rejected the plea, counsel for the association withdrew the special leave petition (SLP) and it was dismissed as withdrawn.

The Bench but clarified that it was not a precedent and it would be applicable this year alone.

The High Court while cancelling the entrance test held that the supervisory committee had the power under the Kerala Act of 2006 to do so and conduct a fresh examination.

The SLP was directed against this judgment. The association contended that the committee had passed an order cancelling the entrance on the basis of media reports which had alleged unfairness in the conduct of the examination.

The association said it had entered into an agreement with the Government of Kerala for the previous years where the member colleges of the association agreed to give 50 per cent of the seats to the government on nominal fees so as to be filled from the entrance test conducted by the government.

The remaining 35 per cent was to be filled by an entrance examination conducted by the association.

It said around 917 candidates had appeared in the entrance and the future of all these students was uncertain and any delay would further aggravate their difficulties.

The association sought quashing of the High Court judgment and an interim stay of its operation.