TAMIL NADU

Council denies permission to Theni Medical College

Medical Council of India finds "gross deficiencies" The PIL was filed by a 19-year-old girl seeking a direction to the Centre

Staff Reporter

MADURAI: The Medical Council of India had declined to recommend granting permission to the Theni Medical College, because of "gross deficiencies" found during the inspection conducted on May 23 and 24, according to the counsel for MCI.

Arguing a public interest litigation before the Madurai Bench of the Madras High Court on Thursday, he said the executive committee of the council was not satisfied even with the compliance report filed by the State Government in June.

The claim of the State would require physical verification; but that could not be done now since the deadline for admissions for this academic year was over, he said. On the other hand, the Assistant Solicitor General of India said the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare could grant permission to the college based only on recommendations of the MCI and the matter was still pending with the council.

Adjourned to October 6

Later, a Division Bench comprising Justice P. Sathasivam and Justice S.K. Krishnan directed both the counsels to file their written submissions and posted the matter to October 6.

The PIL was filed by a 19-year-old girl from Madurai praying for a direction to the Union Government to pass orders on an application made by the State seeking permission for the college.

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