Thiruvananthapuram: Opposition Leader Ramesh Chennithala alleged that the present situation was caused due to the government’s delay in expediting admissions following the High Court order in July alllowing a fee of Rs. 5 lakh. He also said that many students who obtained admission on the impression that the fee would be Rs. 5 lakh were now left in the lurch owing to the government lapse in effectively presenting the case in the apex court.
SFI bats for fresh agreement with managements
SFI state president Jaik C. Thomas has said that the government should explore the option of entering into fresh agreements with more self-financing medical colleges for lower fees. Another option for the government is to make use of the enhanced fees for NRI quota seats for subsidising the fees for students from economically weak backgrounds.
Jaik told DC that the SC order allowing self- financing medical colleges to charges fees of Rs 11 lakh would make medical education inaccessible to meritorious students hailing from weaker sections of the society. "We have to study the SC order and explore the options to overcome this situation," he said. Though the government had enhanced the NRK quota fees from Rs 15 lakh to Rs 20 lakh, any specific order on utilising the enhanced amount for subsidising the fees of economically weak students was still pending, he said.
Minister colluded with managements, alleges KSU
Health minister K.K. Shylaja, who ‘colluded’ with the managements and destroyed the future of many students, should immediately resign from the post, said Kerala Students Union (KSU) state president KM Abhijith in a press conference in Kozhikode on Monday. “Though the government received chance to work positively against the ‘fee robbery’ of the medical college managements, they are further increasing the misery of the poor students,” he said. “When the UDF government made a hike of only Rs 47,000 in five years, the current government made a hike of 165,000 in just 100 days,” Abhijith said. He informed that the union would move ahead with more protests.