Entrance Test quashed Six Self-Financing Medical Colleges

Entrance Test quashed for Six Self-Financing Medical Colleges

The Kerala High Court on Tuesday quashed the entrance test conducted by a consortium of six self-financing medical college managements on July 27 last.

The six medical colleges, which form the Kerala Private Medical College Managements Association, are not entitled to make admission on the basis of the rank list prepared in pursuant to the test, an order issued by Justice S. Sirijagan on a petition filed by Fatima Haneena P. from Karanthur, Kozhikode, said.

The six colleges have entered into an agreement with the State government on seat sharing and fee structure. Under the agreement, 50 per cent of the seats are to be filled on merit from the rank list prepared by the Commissioner of Entrance Examinations (CEE) on the basis of a common entrance test held by it.

Thirty-five per cent of the seats are set apart as management quota and 15 per cent as NRI quota. The consortium conducted the entrance test for the 35 per cent management quota.

The High Court had earlier directed the college managements not to admit students in the 35 per cent management quota on the basis of the July 27 test but to follow the rank list prepared by the CEE.The court has now quashed the entrance test itself.

The petitioner had sought cancellation of the test as it was held in violation of the time schedule drawn up by the Medical Council of India (MCI) and approved by the Supreme Court.

She submitted that the test was conducted without the permission of the Admission Supervisory Committee headed by P.A. Mohammed.

Adherence to the time schedule fixed by the MCI would go a long way in ensuring “fair, transparent and non-exploitatory” admission procedures, the court said.

If all entrance tests are completed as per the MCI schedule, chances of manipulation in admission by unscrupulous managements could reduced.