‘Managements are to blame for our plight’

Students of Kannur and Karuna Medical Colleges who are at the centre of a controversy over illegal admissions have blamed the managements for their plight.

Published: 08th April 2018 02:45 AM  |   Last Updated: 08th April 2018 02:45 AM   |  A+A-

By Express News Service

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM/PALAKKAD: Students of Kannur and Karuna Medical Colleges who are at the centre of a controversy over illegal admissions have blamed the management for their plight.

Kannur Medical College students and their parents told the media on Saturday the management’s admission-related procedures were non-transparent and it showed utter disregard for the admission supervisory committee.

“We will file a petition in the Supreme Court to implead ourselves in the case. If we lose the legal battle, we will seek civil and criminal action against the management,” the parents said.
“The management collected huge amounts as donation from us and the bargaining was on the basis of the student’s NEET ranking. Interestingly, many of us chose this college as its donation demand was less than many other colleges,” said a parent who paid `43 lakh.

Meanwhile, students of Karuna Medical College plan to move the apex court to get their grievances redressed. The next hearing in the case will be held on May 7.

According to the parents, their wards were very much part of the NEET rank list and their marks were above the baseline marks. While the baseline marks of NEET was 118, the last student to be admitted at Karuna had 137.

The students claimed that two other private medical colleges had admitted students who had baseline marks of 118 and 132, respectively.

All the procedures laid down by the James committee had been followed. We had studied for one year when the decision to disqualify us came as a bolt from the blue, the students said, adding that all 30 students who have been disqualified were very much eligible for admission.

The parents and students told the media in Palakkad on Saturday that the students were made a scapegoat in the tiff between the college management and the government.

Admission of 10 students of malabar college illegal: panel

Kochi: The Admission Supervisory Committee for Professional Colleges has submitted before the Supreme Court that the admission of 10 students for MBBS degree under the Malabar Medical College and Research Centre, Modakkalur, Kozhikode is illegal. The committee filed the affidavit in response to a petition filed by Anitta Job and nine other first-year MBBS students challenging the Kerala High Court order. The HC had upheld the order of the committee rejecting the admission of the students. The SC has ordered a stay on the HC order and posted the case to Tuesday.

According to the committee, none of the petitioners had applied online before the cut-off date as prescribed in their prospectus or that they had approached the committee making any complaint against the college that their applications made online had not been properly processed, scrutinised or evaluated. Hence, the order issued with the full legal sanction and in compliance with the directives of the SC. The last date for submission of application was on September 7, 2016, and the petitioners had not submitted any application within that day. Therefore the committee denied approval of the admissions of the petitioners. The NEET ranking of the petitioners itself shows the college purposefully included the petitioners after the cut-off date.

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