G. Krishnakumar

State may move Supreme Court for ratification

KOCHI: The Fee Regulatory Committee, headed by P.A. Mohammed, former judge, is in a fix whether or not to endorse the recent agreement on admissions signed between the State government and the Kerala Private Medical College Management Association.

Sources in the Higher Education Department told The Hindu that the Health Secretary had requested the committee to ratify the agreement under which six colleges would admit students to 50 per cent of their seats on the basis of merit at a fee of Rs. 45,000 each.

Sources said the June 27 meeting of the committee was likely to announce a final decision on the endorsement. The panel feared that the endorsement would be shot down if challenged in the Kerala High Court. It is learnt to have received expert opinion that the move by the government and the association to get the agreement approved by the Supreme Court might backfire if the High Court rejected the fee structure under the deal.

The colleges under the association — Dr. Sam Somervel Memorial Medical College, Karakkonam, Thiruvananthapuram district; Kannur Medical College; Karuna Medical College, Palakkad; MES Medical College, Kuttippuram, Malappuram district; Gokulam Medical College, Venjaramood, Thiruvananthapuram district; and SUT Medical College, Thiruvananthapuram — have agreed to admit students to 35 per cent of the rest of the seats (management quota) at a fee of Rs. 5.5 lakh and a deposit of Rs. 5 lakh each. For the remaining non-resident Indian seats, the fee will be Rs. 9 lakh and there will be no deposit.

The government entered into the agreement keeping aside the fee structure proposed for 2007-2010 by the committee in March — a minimum annual tuition fee of Rs. 2.4 lakh and a maximum of Rs. 2.58 lakh.