Kerala HC rules entrance exam by medical colleges invalid

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Kochi, Jul 31 (UNI) The Kerala High Court today held that an entrance test conducted by a consortium of self-financing medical colleges in the State on July 27 was violative of the Medical Council of India (MCI) rules and directed that students be admitted to 35 per cent of the management seats on the basis of the exam conducted by the Common Entrance Commissioner.

Justice S Sirijagan observed that the MCI rules, which were ratified by the Supreme Court, state that entrance exams should be over by May 30, and by July 31, the first phase of counselling should be completed.

The entrance exam conducted on July 27 by a consortium of self-financing medical colleges, which had entered into a contract with the State Government, was thus violative of the MCI rules.

Hence, students should be admitted from the CEE which was conducted before May 30, the court held.

The order was issued on a petition filed by one Fathima Hasina, who challenged the entrance test on the ground that it was against the MCI rules and also in violation of a judgement of the apex court, which made cross-subsidy illegal.

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