"These institutions produce poor quality professionals, who are a liability to the society. The government and the MCI should deal with such institutions with an iron hand," Justice KK Sasidharan said. (Agencies)
Dismissing petitions from 148 students of DD Medical College and DD Hospitals, which had been denied recognition by MCI, Sasidharan said, "The mushrooming of ill-equipped medical and technical education is really a threat to the society."
The students had sought a direction to forbear MCI and the Tamil Nadu Dr M G R Medical University from treating their admission to the MBBS course in DD College during 2011-12 and 2012-13 as illegal.
MCI had refused recognition to DD Medical College and DD Hospitals in Thiruvallur district for 2011-12 and 2012-13 after it found that the college lacked institutional and infrastructural facilities. After several rounds of litigations between the institute and MCI, the matter is now pending before the Supreme Court.
In the meantime, 112 first-year MBBS students, who joined in 2012-13, along with another 36 students, who had failed in the first year examination, filed petitions seeking a direction to MCI and the university to allow them to appear for the exam scheduled on August 1.
They had sought a direction to MCI to treat them on par with those admitted in 2010-11, till a decision was taken by the Supreme Court in this case.
Dismissing their petitions, the judge said, "Students have studied in an ill-equipped institution and it is not open to the court to permit students to write the examination out of sympathy."
He further said though he was aware of the students' plight, it was not possible to permit them to write the exam as it would result in directing MCI and university to violate their own regulations.
"These institutions produce poor quality professionals, who are a liability to the society. The government and the MCI should deal with such institutions with an iron hand," Justice KK Sasidharan said.