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Managements to Make Own Medical Admissions

The Kerala Private Medical College Managements Association has decided to admit students on its own to 85 per cent of the seats in its eleven affiliated colleges.

A uniform fee of 3.5 lakh will be charged for these seats as per an order issued by the Kerala High Court. The remaining 15 per cent seats come under the NRI category.

Addressing the media after a meeting of representatives of member medical colleges here on 2nd July, 2011, Sajan Prasad, general secretary, said the admission process would begin on 30th June, 2011. The admission notification would be issued on 1st July, 2011. Managements would complete the admission procedure before 30th September, 2011, he said.

Mr. Prasad said the association would take a decision on whether to conduct an entrance test on its own based on a directive given by the Supreme Court, which is hearing a case related to the issue on 28th June, 2011.

He said the managements would fill the seats from the rank list published by the Commissioner for Entrance Examinations, if the apex court rejected the plea for conducting an entrance test.

Stating that the admission process had to be completed before the deadline issued by the Medical Council of India ( MCI ), Fazal Gafoor, president, said the four medical colleges affiliated to the Kerala Christian Professional Colleges Federation had already initiated admission procedures based on the MCI schedule.

He said the adamant stance taken by the federation was responsible for the impasse over the admission to the professional courses in the State.

Dr. Gafoor said the association wanted to ensure social justice and merit in the admission but cannot accept the fact that it was not applicable to the colleges affiliated to the federation.

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