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Medical seats: order kept in abeyance for a day

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Supreme Court order on State plea expected today

Kochi: The Kerala High Court on Tuesday kept in abeyance for a day the implementation of a government order cancelling the admission made to 50 per cent of government seats for postgraduate medical courses by four self-financing medical college managements under the Kerala Christian Professional College Management Federation and directing the Director of Medical Education to conduct fresh allotment to the seats.

Justice Antony Dominic ordered keeping in abeyance the government order till Wednesday evening in view of the submission of the Advocate General that by way of an abundant caution, the State government had moved the Supreme Court seeking an order extending the last date for allotment of students to the government seats. The order was expected to be passed on the plea on June 29 when it would be taken up for hearing, the Advocate General informed the court.

The interim order was applicable to the Pariyaram Medical College as well.

The managements contended that the order was illegal. The managements filled 50 per cent of government seats due to the government's failure to make allotments in time.

Counsel for the management submitted that since the last date for admission was May 31 as per the Medical Council of India norms, the managements repeatedly wrote to the government to make allotments to the seats forthwith.

The counsel contended that the apex court order extending the last date to June 30 was only applicable to the All India Quota allotted to the State. The seats earmarked for the State quota in the self-financing colleges did not come under this category.

The government contended that the whole procedure for the admission was irregular. The basic concept of inter se merit had been totally compromised.

They had admitted students without following the inter se merit. As the unfilled All India Quota seats were surrendered after June 24 in accordance with the Supreme Court direction, the final round of allotment for the State quota could be conducted only after June 24.

Since the State quota included the 50 per cent seats in the self-financing colleges as well, these seats could be filled in the second/final round of allotment held on June 28.

The interim order came on writ petitions challenging the government order filed by the managements of the Amala Institute of Medical Sciences, Jubilee Medical Mission College and Research Institute, Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church Medical College, and the Pushpagiri Institute of Medical Science and Research Centre and the Pariyaram Medical College.

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