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High Court extends stay order by a day

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Supreme Court to hear government plea on PG medical courses today

Kochi: The Kerala High Court on Wednesday extended by a day its interim order keeping in abeyance the implementation of the government order cancelling the admission made to 50 per cent government seats for postgraduate medical courses by the 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 these seats.

Justice Antony Dominic extended the stay order as the Advocate General submitted that hearing on a petition filed by the State government before the Supreme Court for extending the last date for admission to postgraduate medical courses was adjourned to Thursday.

The interim order came on a writ petition filed by the college managements under the federation and the Pariyaram medical college challenging the government order.

Meanwhile, in an additional affidavit, the government said that the Admission Supervisory Committee was kept in dark about the whole admission procedure for postgraduate medical courses. The committee had been empowered to supervise the admission procedure. In fact, the admission process was not fair and transparent. The managements had suppressed the fact that the admission supervisory committee had not approved their prospectus.

The affidavit said that the managements issued the notification inviting applications even before getting university affiliation and approval of the committee.

The government also pointed out that in the prospectus for admission it had been stated that while preparing the merit list, Christian students would be given five per cent weightage over the score they had already obtained. Medical Council of India's regulations did not envisage such a weightage. Thus, the managements had diluted the merit criteria and tinkered with the marks secured in the competitive examination.

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