NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Wednesday imposed Rs 5 crore as fine on a private medical college in Unnao for granting admission to students in violation of the Medical Council of India (MCI) regulations but allowed the 132 students to complete the MBBS course on a condition that they will do community service for two years after becoming doctors.
A bench of Justices L Nageswara Rao and S Ravindra Bhat said Saraswati Medical College admitted 132 students without seeking a nod from the Director General Medical Education, UP, but said cancelling their admission at this stage would not serve any useful purpose as they have already completed the second year of the course.
“Intentional violation of the regulations by the college while granting admission to 132 students… can’t be condoned. The petitioner-college is directed to deposit Rs 5 crore in the registry of this court within a period of 8 weeks from today,” the SC said.
The court also directed the college not to recover the amount from the students in any manner. It directed the National Medical Commission to constitute a trust to manage the fine to extend financial assistance to needy students seeking admission to medical colleges in UP.