KEAM: Medical admission at a stake
June 22, 2015: In yet another setback, the medical aspirant students in the state are forced to face uncertain scenario following the lack of determined political leadership. Though the state can be proud of having 29 medical colleges, only 14 colleges are included in the first phase of KEAM - CAP. Nine Govt Medical Colleges, one co-operative medical college ( Pariyaram) and the four Medical colleges coming under Inter Church Council (ICC) namely Jubilee Mission Medical College, Amala Medical College, Pushpagiri Medical College and the Kolenchery Medical College. (After avoiding the the deemed university Medical College, Amrita, we have only 28 MCs)
These four MCs coming under ICC have entered into agreement with govt on seat sharing with 50-50 basis on a fee of 4 lakh each per annum. ICC claims that they charge the same fee for management seats also. If anybody asks whether this claim is true one finds it very difficult to substantiate. Bacause, if everything is transparent, why can't they give these seats too to CEE to fill !
That being the case on one side, six of the remaing private self financing medical colleges lose approval this year namely 1. Malabar Medical College, Kozhikode, 2. Al Azhar Medical College, Thodupuzha, 3. Sri Gokulam Medical College, Trivandrum, 4. PK Das Medical College, Palakkad, 5.DM Wyanad Medical College and 6.Mount Zion Medical College, Pathanamthitta.
Out of the remaining 8 medical colleges, MES Medical College, KMCT Medical College, Kannur Medical College and the Karuna Medical College, Palakkad have already decided to keep away from the agreement this year, said Dr. Fazal Gafoor, President , MES to Mathrubhumi Education Online when asked about the situation. The remaining four medical colleges which can be expected to reach agreement with govt are 1. Azeezia Instt of Medical Science, Kollam, 2. Dr. Somervel Memorial CSI Hospital & Medical College, Karakonam, 3. Sree Narayana Instt. of Medical Sciences, Chalakka,Ernakulam and 4. Sree Uthradom Thiurnal Academy of Medical Sciences,Trivandrum.
By the by the six proposals for starting new medical colleges this year were rejected by the Health and Family Welfare Department , Govt of India on the basis of the recommendation from Medical Council of India. There were two govt medical colleges proposed to be started at Trivandrum and Konni, Pathanamthitta among these six. The remaing proposals include the ESI Medical College at Parippally, Kollam. Other proposals which were rejected are 1. SR Medical College at Trivandrum,2.Sreevalsam Medical College at Naduvattam, Malappuram and 3. Royal Medical College, Palakkad.
Meanwhile, following the delay in the approval of Ayurveda Courses by Ayush, allotment to the BAMS courses also is at a stake. According to official sources, the second allotment to Medical Courses will be held only in August, while that of engineering will be held in July second week.
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