In the first week of August, the central government debarred Kanachur Islamic Education Trust (KIET) Mangalore from admitting students to the MBBS course for the academic sessions 2017-18 and 2018-19. Following this ruling, the college management filed a plea in the Supreme Court on August 10, 2017, challenging the decision taken by the centre. Thereafter, on August 31, 2017, SC judge, Mr. Dipak Mishra ruled in favour of the plea and quashed the order issued by the Centre. The apex court gave clearance to KIET Mangalore to admit students for MBBS courses for the academic session 2017-18. The court further extended the deadline to conduct admissions from August 31 to September 5, 2017.
The court also informed the Medical Council of India (MCI) that it could conduct an inspection in case of a genuine necessity and take necessary steps mandated by the Indian Medical Council Act.
On August 1, 2017, the apex court directed the Centre to consider the issue of granting permission of various medical colleges that have barred from admitting students for the academic sessions 2017-18 and 2018-19. The court also directed centre to re-evaluate recommendations of the Oversight Committee, Director General of Health Services and MCI and grant a hearing to such medical colleges.
The counsel representing the Centre had informed the court that during an inspection that was carried out in KIET Mangalore, it was observed that there were several loopholes in the facilities and infrastructure of the college. On the other hand, the apex court argued that there was no substantial deficiency in the college. The court had also given time to the respondents (MCI and Ministry of Health) to establish the said deficiencies, as noted in the impugned order. However, both MCI and Ministry of Health failed to do so following which the apex court granted relief to KIET Mangalore.