The high court has issued notices to Medical Council of India (MCI), Director of Medical Education and Modern Institute of Medical Sciences (MIMS) after hearing a petition of 29 students seeking admission in other institutes.
The respondents have to submit their response by September 22, the next date of hearing in the case.
The students alleged that the institute duped them by granting admission without having proper accreditation from MCI.
About 123 students were admitted to MBBS course for the session 2015-16. But after an inspection, MCI didn’t grant permission to Shri Astha Foundation for Education Society, which established MIMS, to run the medical course.
The college management purportedly collected Rs 3.75 lakh towards tuition fee from students admitted through All India Pre Medical Test and Rs 89,000 towards hostel fee plus caution deposit of Rs 35,000.
“After running classes for 26 days, the college administration stopped classes and kept us hanging for four–five months,” Anshul Sharma, one of the students who had moved court, said.
The college administration sought more money to fight different cases, with a guarantee that it will be returned or adjusted in during course period, Sharma said. The institute purportedly collected over `65 lakh from the students to fight court cases.
After coming to know about the alleged irregularities in the institute, former MLA and Vyapam whistleblower Paras Saklecha took up the case and moved the high court in August.
“The college doesn’t have enough faculty members, doesn’t have class rooms or connected hospital for medical practice. While MCI cancelled its accreditation last year, how can it grant permission to run courses this year?” Saklecha asked. “The students were selected on merit. Now the state government should be responsible for their education. These students should be given preference for admission in other colleges this year.”
September 30 is the final date for National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) counseling for admission to MBBS/BDS course.