Special Correspondent

MBBS course for 2007-08, 2008-09

Kochi: The Kerala High Court, on Monday, declared that the self-financing medical colleges run by the Thrissur-based Amala Institute of Medical Sciences and the Jubilee Mission Medical College and Research Institute were deemed to have provisional affiliation for conducting the MBBS course for 2007-08 and 2008-09.

The court ordered the university to treat the colleges as those functioning on the strength of the provisional affiliation.

The court directed the government and the Medical Council of India (MCI) to take note of the declaration and treat these institutions as having university affiliation.

The court made it clear that the university should order either the confirmation of the affiliation or extension of it before the end of the academic year 2008-09. If it proposed to pass any adverse order against the institutions, they should be given notice.

The judge directed the Union government to give the colleges an intimation after fixing the date for the conduct of the final year practical examination and to see that the MCI team inspected the examination before November 30.

The examination was deferred in response to the court’ s interim order.

The court gave these directions while disposing of writ petitions filed by the directors of these colleges against the university’s refusal to grant affiliation.

IMA’s petition admitted

A Bench comprising Chief Justice H.L. Dattu and Justice A.K. Basheer admitted a writ petition seeking a direction to the State government to take effective steps to control noise pollution created by vehicles.

The petition was filed by the Indian Medical Association Kochi branch and a person. The petitioners alleged that the authorities had not been taking any steps to implement the laws relating to prevention of noise pollution. They said Kochi city was the worst hit.

Triple murder case

The court refused to suspend the sentence awarded to Bineesh, seventh accused in the Kanichukulangara triple murder case. Through his counsel, he sought to suspend the sentence when his appeal came up for hearing.

The District and Sessions Judge, Alappuzha, had awarded the death sentence to the first accused Unni and life terms for five others, including Bineesh.