Dr.Santhosh.S, Former Joint Commissioner for Entrance Examinations, Kerala

The first allotments to the MBBS course in 10 government and 17 private self-financing medical colleges with differential fees structure have been published . The analysis of last ranks of the first allotment under state merit category to the medical courses under KEAM 2020 has indicated that the Government Medical College, Kozhikkode is the most preferred medical college followed by Government Medical College, Trivandrum and Kottayam. Regarding the BDS course , the Dental college of Kozhikode is leading followed by Trivandum and Kottayam Dental colleges. The candidates up to the rank of 694 have received allotments to MBBS course in government sector while it reached to a level of 6798 in private self-financing medical colleges. Amala Institute of Medical Sciences , Thrissur ,.Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church Medical College, Kolenchery and Pushpagiri Institute of Medical Sciences ,Thiruvalla are the most preferred colleges under self-financing sector. In BDS course, the last rank of allotted candidate was 2865 in government sector as compared to 16830 of private self-financing dental colleges.

The interesting trend was that the meritorious aspirants have chosen allied courses like B.V.Sc & AH, B.Sc (Hon) Agriculture and B.Sc.Forestry ignoring the choices of dental courses of government colleges and MBBS course of private self-financing colleges. The top priorities were assigned to B.V.Sc &AH, B.Sc(Hon) Agriculture and BSc.Forestry courses as the last rank of allotments are 3258, 4291 and 4412 respectively. Most favoured institution for B.V.Sc & AH course is College of Veterinary & Animal Sciences, Thrissur while College of Horticulture, Thrissur appeared for B.Sc (Hon) Agriculture.

The economically weaker section candidates were allotted to MBBS course up to the rank of 2482 and the last rank of allotted candidate to the allied courses is 5877 under the EW category.

It is evident that some of the meritorious candidates with better ranks have to forego their life time dream of MBBS programme and forced to choose the allied courses like Veterinary science with Last rank of allotment 3258 and Agriculture with Last Rank of allotment 4291 while the last rank of allotment to MBBS course is 6798 in self-financing medical colleges. The uncertain fees structure of medical education has adversely affected the medical aspirants. It is time to debate whether the exorbitant fees of medical education is conducive to the health of the society. Do we need such institutions where purchase capacity overturns the merit of admissions?.

The Hon. Apex court has streamlined the medical admission process with single entrance examination and fixing the government authority to conduct common counselling at all India level. Now it is the time for capping the fees structure of private medical institutions including that of deemed universities to impart social justice to all meritorious MBBS aspirants and to the wellbeing of the people.