An MBBS student who missed an academic year as a result of the cancellation of admissions by Kannur Medical College in Kerala was granted compensation by the Supreme Court of India recently. The Supreme Court stated,
“A student who has been deprived of a valuable year in pursuing her studies, cannot be left in lurch.”
This particular case refers to a student who filed a petition after getting MBBS admission at Kannur Medical College in September 2016. The petitioner student paid a total fee of INR 21.65 lakhs that consisted of INR 10 lakhs as fee deposit, INR 10 lakh as annual fees and INR 1.65 lakhs as a special fee.
The issue began when the medical college was unsuccessful in obeying the guidelines clearly laid out by the Admission Supervisory Committee and it was derecognized. Once the private medical college cancelled all MBBS admissions, the petitioner student was forced to start her medical studies by securing her MBBS admission in Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences in Kochi. However, the student had lost an academic year during the course.
Hence, the student was compelled to file a petition and approach the Supreme Court of India under Article 32. She looked for a way to make Kannur Medical College compensate her for making her lose an academic year.
The Court stated,
“There can be no manner of doubt that the petitioner is entitled to be compensated for the loss of a valuable year which was occasioned by the misdemeanours of the first respondent.”