5 Pvt Medical Colleges debarred; Kerala to lose 700 seats
Kozhikode: Five private self-financing medical colleges in Kerala were debarred from admitting students as they failed to get recognition from the Health Ministry. The debarred medical colleges include SR Medical College, Varkkala which was involved in the controversy over medical college bribary allegation against BJP. In addition, Kannur Medical College, Anjarakkandy was not permitted for admission against increased intake from 100 to 150 seats. In effect, restrictions have been placed for admission in six private self-financing medical colleges in Kerala.
As per the order, SR Medical College, Varkkala (100 seats), Al Azhar Medical College, Thodupuzha (150 seats), DM Wayanad Institute of Medical Science, Kalpetta (150 seats) and Kerala Medical College, Palakkad (150) were not permitted to admit students for MBBS course.
Besides, the Ministry also asked Kannur Medical College, Anjarakandy and Mount Zion Medical College, Adoor not to admit students against increased intake granted last year. Hence, Kannur Medical College could not admit students in 50 seats which was given approval last year. Similarly, Mount Zion Medical College could not admit students in MBBS Course for the academic year 2017-18. There are 100 MBBS seats in Mount Zion Medical College. In effect, Kerala will lose 700 seat.
As per the order, Al Azhar Medical College, Thodupuzha, DM Wayanad Institute of Medical Science, Kalpetta, Kerala Medical College, Palakkad and SR Medical College, Varkkala were directed not to admit students for 2017-18 and 2018-19.
In an advisory to the medical aspirants, Medical Council of India directed the students to check the recognition status of the medical college before taking admission.
The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare had issued such order as the medical colleges failed to satisfy the norms of Supreme Court mandated Oversight Committee.