The Supreme Court has observed that permitting colleges which are unequipped to impart proper medical education lacking the standard facilities and infrastructure would be dangerous, thereby affecting the right to life itself. The bench comprising Justices Arun Mishra and Vineet Saran quashed the Kerala High Court judgment, effectively canceling all admissions made to four self-financing medical colleges in Kerala. The High Court had previously quashed an order passed by the Government of India which declined to grant renewal permission to four private medical colleges. It had also directed the Commissioner for Entrance Examinations to allot students to the colleges for the academic year 2018-2019 immediately.
The Medical Council of India (MCI) was also directed to carry out an inspection to verify whether the colleges had rectified the deficiencies found earlier. The MCI was also granted liberty to take appropriate action in case the deficiencies were not rectified. While considering the MCI’s appeal, the bench noted that the report of the assessors could not have been lightly faulted, stating that the court could not sit in an appeal and go into disputed facts. The bench also stated that it was not open to the high court in its power of judicial review to accept such tenuous objections. The bench further noted, “It would be against the efficacious medical education and would amount to permit the unequipped medical college to impart medical education without proper infrastructure and faculty, patients serve as the object of teaching by such an approach ultimately interest of the society would suffer and half-baked doctors cannot be left loose on society like drones and parasites to deal with the life of patients in the absence of proper educational training.”
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