Christian colleges move High Court
The government decision to direct the Commissioner for Entrance Examinations to conduct admission to all seats, including NRI (non-Resident Indian) and management, in all self-financing medical and dental colleges in the State has been challenged before the Kerala High Court. The petition was filed on Tuesday by the Kerala Christian Professional College Managements’ Federation, consisting of managements of the Amala Institute of Medical Sciences and Jubilee Mission Medical College and Research Institute, both in Thrissur, Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church Medical College, Kolenchery, and Pushpagiri Institute of Medical Sciences and Research Centre and Pushpagiri College of Dental Sciences, Thiruvalla. The petitioner pointed out that the Government Order dated August 20 was per se illegal. It said the decision was taken on the basis of the Union government’s directive. The federation also pointed out that the seats in the colleges under the federation were being filled up as per an agreement entered into between the managements and the State government. The agreement was valid for three years (2015-16, 2016-17 & 2017-18) The petitioner pointed out that the colleges under the federation had already started the admission process as approved by the admission supervisory committee.