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SC slaps Rs 5 cr fine on KIMS for admitting students in excess of sanctioned seats

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Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, May 6:

The Supreme Court today slapped a fine of Rs 5 crore on Odisha capital city based private medical college-Kalinga Institute of Medical Sciences (KIMS) for playing with the careers of students.

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The apex court ordered KIMS to deposit the fine amount within six weeks with the registry of the Supreme Court.

The Supreme Court today ordered KIMS to restrict its MBBS seats to 100 in the current academic year and the next academic year as well.

In the last academic year, KIMS had admitted 150 students as against 100 MBBS seats sanctioned by the Medical Council of India (MCI).

The MCI had opposed the move citing it as a violation of the law as KIMS did not have the necessary infrastructure for intake of 150 students.

However, KIMS authorities had challenged MCI’s contention in the Orissa High Court. The High Court had allowed KIMS to admit 150 students.

The MCI, on the other hand, had moved the Supreme Court challenging the High Court’s order.

However, KIMS authorities were not available for their comments on the Supreme Court’s order.