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Delay in MBBS Seats Allotment: Health Minister Denies Allegations   

Kannur: Health Minister K.K. Shailaja has refuted the allegations that the State Government had delayed the allotment of MBBS seats or fixing fees in the self-financing Medical Colleges in the State.

Stating that the allegations of the Opposition were baseless, she said the Supreme Court verdict in this regard was unfortunate.

The Minister said that the self-finance colleges that approached the court created confusion among the students.

She also said the case will come before the Kerala High Court on August 21 and the wait is on for a favourable pronouncement for fixing the fees before the second phase allotment from August 18 to 24.

Talking to media persons here on the sidelines of a function yesterday, Shailaja said that there was no deferment in this regard.

“The main reason for the confusion in fees fixation has happened due to the intervention of Supreme Court,” she added.

The SC on Monday ordered that the self-financing medical colleges which have not signed an agreement with the Kerala Government on fee structure can charge Rs 11 lakh as admission fee.

The court issued an interim order on a plea filed by the college managements challenging the Kerala High Court’s interim order allowing the State government to go ahead with the Rs 5 lakh annual fee.