VIJAYAWADA: The Supreme Court on Friday dismissed a case filed by the Andhra Pradesh government on behalf of the students of Fathima Institute of Medical Sciences (FIMS) after both the Central government and Medical Council of India (MCI) opposed the State government’s proposal to relocate the 99 students who were not allowed to appear for their examination after securing admission in 2015-16.
In fact, the AP government was ready to lose 100 seats in the coming academic year and relocate these students in 11 medical colleges across the State. However, the MCI ruled out the State government’s proposal citing that the merit students will lose their opportunity by such a move.Meanwhile, the parents and students alleged that Health Minister Kamineni Srinivas Rao had failed to take proper decision, putting the students’ future at stake. For the last three years, the FIMS students are fighting for justice.
“Till date, many people have assured us that our children will be relocated to other colleges to continue their education. But with the Supreme Court order, we lost our hopes. Only Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu can help us. Kamineni is now saying that the government will pay our fees, but that is not what we want. The future of our children is at stake,” said Md Khan, parent of a student from FIMS.
Speaking to Express, Nirmen, a student of FIMS, said, “At the time of counselling, the NTR University of Health Sciences has approved our admissions and later it is the same university which cancelled our admissions and dragged us on to the roads. The State government is wholly responsible for this mess. We will commit suicide in case we didn’t get admissions. We lost three years.”
The Supreme Court given two weeks time for the submission of a plan to relocate students of the Fathima Institute of Medical Sciences (FIMS), in the first week of September. To this, the State government sent a proposal to relocate five students each in 20 medical colleges in the State. However, the MCI rejected the State government proposal.
Speaking on the dismissal of case, Minister Kamineni said, “The court dismissed the three proposals sent by the State government. I have consulted the Union Health Minister and MCI officials regarding the issue. We would repay the amount paid by the students to the FIMS. We will make sure that these kind of incidents will not happen in the future. I will visit Delhi on Monday and discuss the issue with the officials concerned. As of now, we cannot take action against the college management as it will affect 520 students’ career and future.”