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Monday, January 02, 2012

Cancel MBBS seats of 88 with less than 50% in plus-2: Kerala HC


THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: In a setback to self-financing medical colleges, the Kerala high court on Thursday upheld the Medical Council of India's rule that a candidate for admission to the MBBS course must secure 50% marks in qualifying exams (plus-two) and the entrance test ( Common Entrance Test).

The order came from a bench of Justice Thottathil B Ravindran and Justice Bhavadasan on a bunch of petitions filed by some students whose admission had been objected to by the MCI as they had not met the marks requirement.

As many as 88 students had secured admission in five colleges, four run by Christian managements and one under the Muslim Education Society, during 2007-2008 in violation of the prescribed norms. The MCI had directed the students to discontinue their studies following which they approached the Supreme Court. The apex court, in turn, asked them to knock the doors of the HC.

The HC found that there was a central statute that required the candidate to secure not less than 50% marks in English and a minimum of 50% marks in Physics, Chemistry and Biology taken together both in the qualifying examination (plus two) and the competitive exams.

The colleges, however, had ignored the rule while admitting the students.

Kolkatta Court relief for medical college

KOLKATA: KPC Medical College, which is under the Medical Council of India scanner, got relief from Calcutta high court on Thursday. The division bench of chief justice J N Patel and Justice Bhaskar Bhattacharya scrapped a PIL against the college.

Organisation for People's Right to Health and Education had filed the PIL against KPC Medical College with the complaint that the private medical college was not following norms while admitting students to the MBBS course.

They had also complained that the fee structure prescribed by Supreme Court was not being followed. College counsel Biswaroop Bhattacharya mentioned that the college got the approval of MCI in 2008 and was following all norms.

The college has 150 seats for MBBS, out of which 50 are admitted from WBJEE and 100 from an all-India admission test held as per the MCI norms.