Apex court warns private medical colleges against lapses (Lead)

June 30th, 2011 - 9:07 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, June 30 (IANS) The Supreme Court Thursday slammed private medical and dental colleges for lapses in admissions and said it will have to step in if things do not improve.

The apex court vacation bench of Justice P. Sathasivam and Justice A.K. Patnaik said: “Private medical colleges are doing wrong admissions. The court has to stop it.”

Taking note of the commercialisation of education in a matter related to medical colleges admissions, the court observed that in “those (earlier) days schools and colleges were set up for charity and for imparting education”.

The court’s indictment of private medical and dental colleges came after it was told that in Kerala the managements of the self-finance private medical and dental colleges had even filled up 66 post-graduate degree and eight post-graduate diploma seats from the 50 percent quota of the state and central governments.

The academic future of these 74 students plunged into uncertainty as the apex court said their admissions would be subject to the state high court verdict on a petition by these colleges challenging a Kerala government order of June 2.

The Kerala Christian Professional College Management Federation moved the high court against the state order which extended the date for admissions to the government quota seats.

The Medical Council of India’s (MCI) senior counsel Amarendra Saran told the court that it would discharge the students admitted by the managements of these colleges in excess of their 50 percent quota.

In self-finance private medical colleges, 50 percent seats fall under the category of management quota and 50 percent seats are earmarked to be filled up by the state and central governments. The central government’s quota goes to the state government if it so decides.

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