TAMIL NADU

Court stays medical varsity proceedings

The intake of two colleges offering courses in Indian medicine reduced

Staff Reporter

MADURAI: : The Madurai Bench of the Madras High Court on Thursday stayed the operation of the proceedings of Dr. M.G.R. Medical University, which reduced the intake of two colleges offering courses in Indian medicine at Tiruchi and Kanyakumari.

Admitting individual writ petitions moved by the colleges, Justice S. Sardar Zackria Hussain granted the interim stay and ordered notice to the university.

Central council approval

According to the correspondent of Sri Sankara College of Ayurveda at Sannasipatti in Tiruchi, which offers a five-year Bachelor of Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery (BAMS) course, it was an unaided institution established in 2001.

Every year, the Central Council of Indian Medicine renewed the approval of the college and fixed the annual intake.

This year too, a council team inspected the college on June 10 and permitted it to admit 40 students for 2005-06.

But the university, by a communication dated August 26, withheld the admissions on the ground that the college was short of four professors and 12 Readers.

The college replied that 26 professors and Readers besides 17 lecturers were working in the college, and the numbers were more than the strength prescribed by the council.

Despite the clarification, the university, by its proceedings dated September 22, directed the college not to admit more than 20 students, the petitioner added.

Sri Ramakrishna College of Naturopathy and Yogic Sciences at Kulasekaram in Kanyakumari district moved the Bench to quash the proceedings of the university reducing the annual intake in the Bachelor of Naturopathy and Yogic Sciences from 50 to 20.

"Restrictions unfair"

The petitioners' counsel, Isaac Mohanlal, contended that the colleges had admitted 50 per cent of the permitted intake as fixed by the council and left the rest to be filled by the State. Hence, it was not fair on the part of the university to impose such restrictions at the eleventh hour, since admissions all over the country had to be completed before September 30, as per a Supreme Court ruling.

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