A notification posted on the Co-operative Academy of Professional Education (CAPE) website inviting applications for 15 MBBS seats under NRI quota at Cochin Medical College (CMC) came under fire from several quarters.
The notification allegedly challenged the NEET (National Eligibility cum Entrance Test) for medical admission.
The website stated that candidates awaiting results of qualifying examination could also apply for admission under NRI quota.
In such cases, they had to produce copies of credentials on announcement of results of qualifying examination. “There’s already a lot of confusion surrounding admissions to NRI seats. Anomalies were reported earlier. While there is already a national test for admission, shouldn’t it be followed by the Cochin Medical College as well?” asked Dr N K Sanil Kumar, who was part of the public movement demanding Government takeover of the college.
He pointed out that CAPE inviting applications could be part of an attempt to carry out admissions like last year.
“It means they are not ready to accept the NEET rank list, which is in effect challenging the Union Government policy,” he said. The closing down of three dialysis units at the medical college recently had kicked up a row. Justice V R Krishna Iyer, who was in the forefront of the public movement demanding Government takeover of the medical college, had written to Chief Minister Oommen Chandy to look into the issue.