A July 4, 2013 order of the Board of Governors of the Medical Council of India (MCI) in New Delhi refusing renewal of permission to admit students in the first year MBBS course for 2013-14 to Madha Medical College and Hospital in Thandalam near Chennai was upheld by the Madras High Court on Thursday.
The materials available on record supported the order passed by the MCI, Justice KK Sasidharan said. The judge was dismissing a writ petition from Loodhuammal Educational Trust in T Nagar, which was running the medical college, to quash the refusal order of the MCI.
When the matter came up today, senior central government standing counsel Haja Mohideen Gisthi, relying on a report of the expert team which inspected the college, submitted that the petitioner college did not possess essential institutional and infrastructural facilities to conduct a medical college. There were also a number of deficiencies, he added.
Dismissing the writ petition, the judge observed that the expert team found several deficiencies that would affect the capacity of the petitioner to impart medical education and training to the future medical officers. ``It is not within the province of this court to exercise the power of judicial review to sit on appeal over the report of the expert committee and the related decision taken by the MCI on the basis of such report.’’ The matter involved the future of a noble profession and medical professionals. Students of the petitioner college, after graduation, would start working as medical officers. They have to serve society. Medical students should be qualified to function as specialists in various disciplines and for the said purpose, they should receive proper medical education, he added.