CHENNAI: The Special Commissioner/Director of Indian Medicine and Homeopathy (IMH) has been directed by the Madras High Court to include a yoga college run by SVS Educational and Social Service Trust in Kallakurichi, Villupuram district, in the list of colleges conducting counselling for admission of students for 2016-17 in the Bachelor of Naturopathy and Yoga Sciences course.
Justice B Rajendran gave the directive while passing interim orders on a miscellaneous petition arising out a writ petition on November 16.
The college had faced criminal proceedings in connection with the suspicious death of three girl students in January last year.
“When there are unfilled seats as admitted by the government, no useful purpose will be served in keeping the petitioner’s institution out of the purview of the counselling schedule,” the judge said and added that there will be an interim direction to TN Dr. MGR Medical University to send the seat matrix to the Special Commissioner/Director of Indian Medicine and Homeopathy, which commenced on November 7 and going till November 30 and to include the name of the petitioner’s institution in the counselling schedule.
The college had already filed a writ petition and another writ appeal, one for a direction to the Medical University to issue continuance of provisional affiliation to its Yoga and Naturopathy and Research Institute and the writ appeal to issue provisional affiliation to the institution to run the Bachelor of Homeopathy Medicine and /Surgery Degree Course.
Petitioner’s institution was accorded permission with an annual intake of 50 students
on April 3, 2008 subject to satisfying the conditions that may be imposed by the university.
The institution was enjoying provisional affiliation till the academic year 2015-16, when on January 23, 2015, three students studying in the institution died under suspicious circumstances in a private well belonging to one Paramasivam.
The judge, however, made it clear that at the time of admission of students in the counselling itself, the institution should inform candidates about pending of writ petition and also that their admission is subject to the result of the writ petition.