Thiruvananthapuram: The supreme court has ordered the self-financing medical colleges in the state to give admissions to students from other states also. The bench including Justice SA Bobde and Abdul Nazeer asked to keep the online application link active until May 20 for the same.
The hearing on the case will continue on August 20. The court has allowed the Kerala Private Medical College Management Association to approach the vacation bench before the hearing, if required.
In effect, the SC has stayed the clause to deny admission to other state students in private medical colleges here.
The last date to apply for admissions online was on March 31. But as the prospectus mentioned that applicants should be a Keralite no other state student had applied. The private colleges management had then approached the apex court questioning this clause.
Advocates Shyam Divan and Sulfikar Ali who appeared for the management said that this admission clause is not in line with the constitution. If Kerala model is adopted in other states, students would be able to avail higher education only from their states.
Following this, SC ordered to admit other state students and accept online applications.
Meanwhile, managements have informed that they will approach the vacation bench. The first phase of counselling should take place on June 25 to July 5. There are 2150 MBBS seats spread in 18 private medical colleges in the state. The state government and fee regulatory committee had decided the fees in self-financing colleges as between Rs 5 lakh to Rs 6 lakh. Managements also alleged that the fees in self-financing colleges in Kerala are very less when compared to other states.