The Supreme Court on Wednesday imposed a fine of five crore rupees on a private medical college in Uttar Pradesh for violation of rules in admission of students in MBBS course. The court directed that this amount should be used to help needy students seeking admission in medical colleges in Uttar Pradesh.
A bench of Justice L Nageswara Rao and Justice S Ravindra Bhat said that the Saraswati Medical College, Unnao, admitted 132 students on its own without obtaining consent from the Director General of Medical Education (DJEME) Uttar Pradesh.
The bench said that canceling the admission of the students would not serve any purpose, but directed them to do two years of community service after completion of their MBBS course as those people are not innocent and knew that their name was recommended by DGME. Had not done
The Medical College, run by the Saraswati Educational Charitable Trust, filed a petition in the Supreme Court challenging the notice of MCI on 29 September 2017. In this notice, MCI directed Saraswati Medical College to remove 132 of the 150 students admitted for the 2017-18 academic year. After this, a petition was also filed by the MBBS students who requested to issue instructions to allow them to continue their studies.
“Admission of 132 students in MBBS First Year by the college for the academic session 2017-18 is a willful violation of the rules, which cannot be waived,” the court said. The petitioner college is directed to deposit Rs five crore within eight weeks in the registry of the Supreme Court. ‘ The apex court also directed the medical college not to collect this amount in any form from the students.
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The court also directed the affiliated university to conduct second year exams for 126 students (6 had failed in the first year) and release the results.
The court said, ‘We direct the National Medical Sciences Commission (NAC) to form a trust (trust). The trust should include the Accountant General of Uttar Pradesh, an eminent educationist and a representative of the state as members.
The bench said, “The trust will be set up to manage the five crore rupees to be deposited by the petitioner college.” The Trust will provide financial assistance to students desirous of getting admission in medical colleges in Uttar Pradesh.
The apex court said that an action status report (ATR) and a copy of the ‘trust-deed’ should be submitted by the NMC to the court within 12 weeks.