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DME notifies medical PG seat-split

Staff Reporter


Details available on dme.kerala.gov.in

Fee for government seats to be fixed later


THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The Director of Medical Education (DME) on Friday notified the management-government seat-split for postgraduate (PG) medical courses for 2011 in 10 self-financing medical colleges in the State.

The details have been posted on dme.kerala.gov.in as per the instructions of Health Minister Adoor Prakash.

Accordingly, 62 of the 131 seats in various PG disciplines at the Academy of Medical Sciences, Pariyaram; Amala Institute of Medical Sciences, Thrissur; Dr. Somervel Memorial CSI Hospital and Medical College, Karakkonam; Jubilee Mission Medical College and Research Institute, Thrissur; Kannur Medical College, Kannur; Karuna Medical College, Palakkad; MES Medical College Perinthalmanna, Malappuram; Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church Medical College, Kolenchery; Pushpagiri Institute of Medical Sciences and Research Centre, Thiruvalla; and the Sri Gokulam Medical College Trust and Research Foundation, Thiruvananthapuram, would be for the government.

Diploma courses

Of the 16 seats for diploma courses, eight would be for the government. DME V. Geetha told The Hindu on Friday that the fee for the government seats would be fixed and later, approved by the government. Only then can allotments to these seats be made. The notification of the seat split signals a hardening of the government stance on the PG medical issue.

‘Highly irregular'

Christian Management Federation spokesman George Paul termed the move ‘highly irregular.'

The Health Minister said here that the government would go ahead with the allotments to the government seats for the PG courses.

The federation also appeared to have taken the stance that they would not give admissions to students allotted to their colleges by the government.

The moot difference of opinion between the government and the federation is in the way the May 13 directive of the Supreme Court, allowing the extension of the last date for admission to PG medical courses, is to be read. The apex court had extended the last date from May 31 to June 30.

Managements' version

While the managements argue that this verdict is applicable only to the allotments made to the all-India quota, government sources told The Hindu that this was too narrow and opportunistic an interpretation of the verdict. A letter said to be written by the Principal Secretary, Department of Health, on May 28, to the Medical Council of India (MCI) and to the Dental Council of India (DCI) is also being cited by the federation as proof that the government knew all along that the last date for admission to PG courses was May 31.

According to the federation's lawyer Jose Kannanthanam, the Principal Secretary's letter noted that the cut-off date for admissions was May 31. The letter asked the MCI and the DCI for an extension. “Even as late as May 28, the government was saying that the cut-off date was May 31. The Supreme Court pronouncement was on May 13. There was not a single letter or note from the government asking us to put on hold the allotments to half the seats,” he said.

Apex court verdict

The High Court is expected to give a verdict next week on petitions challenging the admission of candidates by the managements to all PG seats.

With the federation and the government hardening their stance on this issue, the final word on this year's postgraduate medical admissions may well be said by the Supreme Court.

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