KANNUR: Efforts are on to resume the MBBS course at Kannur Medical College at Ancharakkandi near here which had lost its recognition for MBBS course last year. As part of this, a high-power committee from the Kerala University for Health Sciences will examine the facilities at the medical college before January 15, according to sources in the medical college.
The Medical Council team would visit the college to assess the improved facilities, faculty and other credentials only if the health varsity authorities give green signal for the medical college. The key issue faced by the medical college is lack of sufficient patients, according to sources. Various steps are on to attract more patients to the hospital including announcing treatment free of cost for next two weeks.
The Medical Council had denied permission to run MBBS courses this year as there were proven cases of corruption and irregularities in the admission process of students to the MBBS course in 2016-2017 academic year. The admission procedures of this year were stopped as the management failed to return the double amount of the fee and deposit remitted by the students at the time of admission as per the order of the Supreme Court.
The medical college management now claims that the amount as per the Supreme Court order has been returned to all students. However, about 20 students are yet to give it in writing that they had received the amount. The rest had given in writing on stamp papers that they had received the amount in tune with the SC directive and have no complaints against the management. The monitoring committee appointed by the Supreme Court had first given a report to the court that the college management had failed to obey the order of the SC on repaying double amount received from students at the time of admission.
Ria George, a student who lost her MBBS chance, had approached the Supreme Court demanding a compensation of Rs 2 crore from the management. The SC would consider the petition on January 25. Though the case was filed about two months back the management is yet to submit an affidavit at the court in the petition....