SC cancels Kerala Govt ordinance; 180 medical students future in limbo
Kerala

SC cancels Kerala Govt ordinance; 180 medical students future in limbo

The Supreme Court on Wednesday has cancelled the ordinance brought in by the Kerala Government to regularize the admission of 180 students of two private medical colleges of Kerala. A bench of Justices Arun Mishra and U U Lalit said that the two colleges had admitted students in blatant violation of norms.

With this Supreme Court order, the 180 students-30 students from Karuna Medical College, Palakkad and 150 from Kannur Medical College, Kannur- will now face an uncertain future. The Supreme Court struck down the executive order by the Kerala Government as the admission allegedly involved irregularities.

The Supreme Court had cancelled the admission of the 180 undergraduate students -- in Kannur Medical College and Karuna Medical College –in March 2017 itself. But the state government passed an ordinance seven months later to overturn the Supreme Court’s order and reinstated the admissions following requests from the students.

In April, the state Assembly unanimously passed a bill to replace the ordinance. But the Supreme Court on Wednesday termed the ordinance passed by the Kerala Government as ‘ultra vires’, meaning outside the government’s jurisdiction and against the orders of the high court and the Supreme Court.

In March last year, the top court had cancelled the admissions, sending a strong message to country's private professional colleges that there would be zero tolerance if irregularities were found in admissions. The state's ordinance was challenged by the Medical Council of India, which argued that it broke the principle of equality.

Admissions Supervisory Committee for private colleges had cancelled the admissions of 30 students from Karuna Medical College and 150 from Kannur Medical College, last year. The Supreme Court had upheld the decision as the two institutions failed to follow procedures. The court also said some of the documents submitted for admissions appeared to be forged.

Admissions in private medical colleges are being keenly watched by the authorities after repeated instances of irregularities.   In September last year, admissions of more than 700 students in seven private medical colleges and deemed universities of Puducherry were scrapped by the Medical Council of India for irregularities. The council said the students had been admitted last year in violation of rules under management quota.