September 29, 2008

Denied Supreme Court nod for admissions, 2 medical colleges get Health Ministry OK same day

Anbumani Ramadoss’s Health Ministry last week permitted two private medical colleges to take in more students even though a Supreme Court order, the very same day, had denied permission to both colleges saying their facilities were “inadequate”.
The Ministry on September 26 allowed Index Medical College (Indore) and Rohilkhand Medical College (Bareilly) to enroll students for academic year 2008-09 on grounds that a Central team from Safdarjung Hospital had found both institutions to house “adequate facilities”.

The Ministry’s approval was dispatched to both colleges the same day the Supreme Court bench of Chief Justice K G Balakrishnan and Justice P Sathasivam directed the Government to deny admissions for 2008-09 in the colleges based on the inspection report submitted by the government lawyer.

“Gopal Subramanium, learned Additional Solicitor General, appearing for Union of India, stated that the inspection was also conducted but the percentage of the teaching staff in various departments and other facilities were inadequate and the petitioner-institution cannot be given permission,” says the court order of September 26.

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