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SC relief to ‘derecognised’ private medical colleges

The Supreme Court in an order passed on Thursday has allowed admission in private medical colleges ‘derecognised’ by the Medical Council of India (MCI), provided they give an undertaking that they would forfeit their security deposit of Rs 10 crore if the shortcomings were found existing during the next inspection.

The SC judgement, passed by the three-judge bench consisting of Justices AR Dave, Vikramjit Sen and UU Lalit, has provided relief to thousands of medical students and private medical colleges as well. About 46 private and a few government medical institutions were debarred by the regulator in June after several deficiencies were recovered at the time of inspection by MCI team.

The SC order said, ‘When several seats for medical admissions are likely to remain vacant for the academic year 2014-15, we are of the view that these matters require urgent consideration and we are giving these interim directions under the provision of Article 142 of the Constitution.’ With this SC order, around 4,000 medical students would be inducted into different colleges across the country. The colleges have been told to admit students latest by 30 September.

All colleges have been directed to file undertakings within ten days from the day of the order, pledging that there would be no inadequacies in the colleges run by them. They have also been ordered to state their deposit with MCI, which is around Rs 10 crore, and which would be forfeited if the statement made in the undertaking is found to be incorrect at the time of the next inspection.

While talking to Millennium Post over phone, MCI president Dr Jayshreeben Mehta said, ‘Since I have not received the copy of the judgement, I cannot opine on it, but the verdict of apex court is final and the MCI will obey it with all due respect.’

Despite, several attempts, the union health ministry officials were not available for the comments.
Dhirendra Kumar

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