Says students have stopped paying course fee

Pariyaram Medical College governing body chairman M.V. Jayarajan has said the college is facing financial crisis as students have stopped paying their course fee since the government’s decision to take over the college.

Mr. Jayarajan said at a press conference here on Wednesday that the students were not paying the course fee in the hope that the government takeover of the college would turn the self-financing institution into a government institution.

Stating that the situation had put a heavy financial burden on the institution, he said government arrears, including pending payments in the Karunya Benevolent Scheme, had added to the situation. The arrears to be paid by the government was more than Rs. 20 crore, he added.

He also said the government had not released funds for the post-mortem wing of the medical college hospital ever since the hospital was given permission to conduct post-mortem examinations in 1999.

Despite the financial crisis, developmental activities of the medical college would continue, he said. The fourth-phase of infrastructure development in the college would begin on May 2, he added.

Denying allegations that admissions to postgraduate seats involved exchange of huge amounts as donations, he said the admissions were based on merit and in adherence to norms set by the government.

The medical college had agreed that 19 of the 38 postgraduate seats would be earmarked for admission by the government.

CMP faction’s stance

The faction of the Communist Marxist Party (CMP) that joined the Left Democratic Front (LDF) has demanded that the Pariyaram Medical College be retained in the cooperative sector.

K.R. Aravindakshan, leader of the faction, said at a press conference here on Wednesday that the party opposed the government decision for takeover of the college.

He said though the party he was leading had joined the LDF, it was against the Communist Party of India (Marxist) on the medical college issue. His party still held that the CPI(M) had seized control of the institution through undemocratic means.

His party’s position on the medical college issue remained unchanged, he added.

To a question, Mr. Aravindakshan denied that his faction had held talks with Janadhipathya Samrakshana Samithi leader K.R. Gouri on forming a common party.

He also said the Chief Minister should be prepared to step down if the United Democratic Front failed to win in 15 Lok Sabha constituencies.

‘Heart’ model ready

A 30-ft high model of human heart made by sculptor Thrikkarippur Ravindran in front of the Sahakarana Hridayalaya at the Pariyaram Medical College will be inaugurated on May 2.

The statue has been made in concrete to create awareness on the functioning of the human heart. Mr. Ravindran is the senior artist at the medical college, in charge of its museum of medical models and specimens.

Mr. Ravindran said the huge heart model had all the details, including pericardium, aortic arch, coronary artery, and cardiac vein.

The model was built under the sponsorship of the Payyannur-based entrepreneur Azeez Yusuf Padanna.

  • Blames government decision to take over college

  • “They hope takeover will turn it into a government institution”