Plea to hold MCI meet

KOCHI, DEC. 22. The Cooperative Medical College, Pariyaram Medical College and some students have joined in the appeal of the Central Government to the Supreme Court to hold the meeting of the Medical Council of India (MCI). The hearing will be held on January 7.

Addressing a press meet here today, Mr. M. V. Raghavan, Minister for Cooperation, said that since the MCI team had visited the medical colleges in Kerala and elsewhere last month, no meeting of the MCI had been held.

Dr. C. A. Desai, who had led the team here, was removed from the MCI on corruption charges and a military officer has been put in charge. He is yet to call a meeting, Mr. Raghavan said.

The Pariyaram Medical College has a liability of Rs. 212 crores of which the Government had paid Rs. 60 crores. As far as the medical college in Kochi was concerned, there was much to be paid by the Government.

The cooperative societies had deposited Rs. 300 crores in the treasury, against which they were eligible for at least Rs. 70 crores.

According to Mr. Raghavan, there were positive signals regarding the recognition by the MCI. At Pariyaram, fate of 200 students who had finished their five-year MBBS course was undecided as their degree would not be recognised until the MCI awarded a recognition to the college.

In Kochi, the immediate concern was about admitting a second batch of students, for which there was a need for recognition by the MCI.

The college had spent Rs. 40 lakhs to spruce up the Jawahar Lal Nehru Stadium for using it as a medical college to meet the requirements of the MCI.

The last date for bringing out the list for admission to the medical college was December 31. But Mr. Raghavan hoped that the Government would be able to get at least a month's relaxation.

Meanwhile, the contractor for building the college here, Uttar Pradesh Rajakiya Nirman Nigam, has been terminated. The contractor has approached the High Court for quashing the termination.