Students petition DC on ad hoc arrangement

Medical colleges say they will wait for the final order of the Karnataka High Court


In a memorandum submitted to Deputy Commissioner V Ponnuraj, the aggrieved students and their parents said that they were permitted only to attend classes without permanent admission.

Ramesh Babu, a parent, told Deccan Herald that the students were not allowed to utilise facilities like the library and hostel at Yenepoya Medical College. Quoting the endorsement given by Yenepoya University, the parent said: “Students are provisionally permitted to attend classes. Admission is also subject to the final order of the High Court on the issue of payment of Rs 3,25,000 as tuition fees.”

Ramesh Babu complained that the college expected the students to cough up the high fees even after securing seats through Common Entrance Test (CET). “It is an injustice to impose such conditions on students,” he charged.

Other parents - Revanasiddeshwar, Narendra Babu, S P Devadas, Yogish and Dr Sandeep - and students demanded that the district administration should ensure the students get admission without any conditions according to the court order and also be allowed to use all facilities of the college.

The High Court, passing an interim order on a writ petition, directed the institutions to admit 48 students on August 19. Following this, the Karnataka Examination Authority conducted another round of counselling and directed the institutions to  admit 32 students (20 in Yenepoya Medical College and 12 in K S Hegde Medical Academy) as per the fees fixed by the government.

‘Will honour HC order’

Yenepoya University Vice-chancellor Syed Akheel Ahmed said that the college would abide by the interim order of the High Court. “We don’t want to disrupt the academic future of the students. Hence, we took care of the students by permitting them to attend the classes as per court order. However, we have to wait for the final order of the court,” he clarified.

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