Imposes Rs 5 cr fine on Odisha-based college for raising the number of seats from 100 to 150

New Delhi : Terming the state of medical colleges in the country as “rotten”, the Supreme Court on Friday imposed a penalty of Rs 5 crore on an Odisha-based private medical college for raising the number of seats from 100 to 150 in an academic year and “playing with the future of students”.

“Costs of Rs 5 crores are imposed on Kalinga Institute of Medical Sciences (KIMS) for playing with the future of its students and the mess that it has created for them. The amount will be deposited by KIMS in the Registry of this Court within six weeks from today. “The amount of Rs 5 crores so deposited towards costs shall not be recovered in any manner from any student or adjusted against the fees or provision of facilities for students of any present or subsequent batches,” a bench comprising Justices M B Lokur and N V Ramana said.

The bench, however, protected the students who were admitted in the year 2015-16 in the courses run by the medical college administration.

“The admission granted to the 50 students pursuant to the order of the High Court dated September 25, 2015 and the provisional permission granted by the central government only on September 28, 2015 shall not be disturbed.

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