Thiruvananthapuram: The Cabinet meeting on Wednesday decided to recommend to governor P. Sathasivam that an ordinance be promulgated for taking over the Pariyaram Cooperative Medical College, Kannur.
The college which was under a takeover process was being administered by a board of control for Pariyaram medical college.
Health minister K.K. Shylaja said in a statement here on Wednesday that Kerala State Cooperative Hospital and Centre for Advanced Medical Services and allied institutions will now become government institutions. This meant that eight institutions namely Pariyaram Med-ical college, Dental college, Academy of Phar-maceutical Sciences, Col-lege of Nursing, School of Nursing, Sahakarana Hrudayalaya, Medical college public school and Institute of Para Medical Sciences will be taken over by the government.
With this the students can study in all seats in the college by paying government fee. Earlier, 50 per cent seats were in management quota at a higher fee. Moreover, people can now get free treatment from the college when it comes under the government.
There was no government medical college in North Malabar. This was one of the demands of the people of the region, said Ms Shylaja.
Pariyaram medical college like other medical colleges in the state will be converted into a centre of excellence.
All sections of people keeping aside their political affiliation should cooperate in the endeavour to convert the medical college into a world class institution, said Ms Shylaja.
The previous LDF regime in 1997 had taken over the medical college.
However, the subsequent UDF government returned the administration to the society.
The government had earlier shouldered the burden of repaying the loan taken by the society for the medical college and hospital.
The medical college has 1,938 employees and 2,500 students.
The hospitals has 1,000 beds and 18 operation theatres. The UDF government in 2011-16 also decided to take over the institution, but it could not implement the decision....