Kerala colleges to lose 800 medical seats

Kerala colleges to lose 800 medical seats

With the Medical Council of India (MCI) denying permission to six medical colleges in Kerala to admit students, the state is set to lose about 800 medical seats this year.

The MCI decision follows the Lodha Committee recommendations that stipulate standards of infrastructure in institutions.

Of the six colleges, three — D M Wayanad Institute of Medical Sciences in Wayanad, Al-Azhar Medical College and Superspecialty Hospital in Thodupuzha and Kerala Medical College in Palakkad — were denied permission to admit students for two years, beginning 2017-18.

The colleges barred from admitting students during 2017-18 are Mount Zion Medical College in Pathanamthitta, Government Medical College in Idukki and S R Medical College in Varkala.

Kannur Medical College, which was sanctioned admission of 50 more students last year, is set to lose the additional seats.

S R Medical College in Varkala is in the middle of a political controversy, following allegations that local BJP leader R S Vinod had accepted Rs 5.6 crore from the college proprietors to ensure an MCI clearance.

The BJP has removed Vinod from the party but is facing questions about the possible involvement of other leaders.

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