Kerala Government takes over Pariyaram Medical College
Pariyaram Medical College will now onwards be known as Kannur Government Medical College
Kannur: Through a recent Governor Order (GO) Kerala government has informed that the Pariyaram Medical College has finally been taken over by the state. Besides shouldering the responsibility of running the college, the Government has also brought other related institutions including the dental college and the pharmacy college, under the State Government wherein admission to all the institutions will now take place under the ambit of Government norms.
Established in March 1993 by CMP leader M.V. Raghavan the college was developed on land gifted by industrialist Samuel Aaron for establishing a T B sanatorium in the government sector. Currently, the medical college has 1,938 employees and 2,500 students. The hospital has 1,000 beds and 18 operation theatres.
The college had taken a loan of Rs 46.5 crore from Hudco in 1997. However, the amount increased as the result of accumulated principal and interest, due to default in payments.
Initially, Hudco had asked for Rs 700 crore through court, till an agreement was reached with the government, with the company asking for Rs. 50 crore as the initial instalment payment and the remaining fixed sum of Rs 262 crore to be paid as instalment within 2 years.
With its troubles mounting, the state government in 2017 began to take charge of Pariyaram Medical College
Medical Dialogues had earlier reported that a couple of years ago the Government had already begun to take up the responsibility of loan payoffs by initiating clearance of liability, especially, that of the loan taken from Hudco
The process, which took a long time and encountered many hurdles has finally come to a conclusion, with the government now passing a Government Order towards the takeover
Confirmation to the same was given by the Principal Secretary Ranjan Namdev Khobragade via a circular issued on Monday. The circular stated that as per the GO, all institutions under the Kerala State Co-operative Hospital Complex (KCHC) and Centre for Advanced Medical Services Ltd, including assets and liabilities, would now on be with the state government.
With this, the Pariyaram Medical College will now onwards be known as Kannur Government Medical College. In a relief to students, the fees will be charged as per the Government fees structure and more merit seats would be ensured for the students. The students can study in all seats in the college by paying government fee. Earlier, 50 per cent seats were in management quota at a higher fee. Moreover, people can now get free treatment from the college when it comes under the government, reports Deccan Chronicle.
According to recent media reports, it was learnt that a Cabinet meeting was held wherein it was decided to recommend to governor P. Sathasivam to promulgated an ordinance for taking over the Pariyaram Medical College, Kannur. The college which was under the takeover process has finally been adopted by the Government.
Apart from this, a separate order was issued which stated that institutions like the Pariyaram Medical College and Hospital, Dental College and Hospital, Nursing College, Pharmacy College, Nursing School and Sahakarana Hrudayalaya will come under the department of medical education.
With this, the routine management of these institutions would be vested with the district collector until the handing over process is completed, reports TOI.