Something offers hope
Now the cat is out of the bag. Yes, the money being robbed by the private education instutions in the name of donation is caught on the camera and its being investigated at the higher level now, a thing that must have happened few years back is happening now. Neverthless its always better late than never. Hats off to ‘Times of India’ and Times now for their effort in bringing out this with perfect execution. I am just waiting for this to happen and wanted to see what the government will do with the evidences provided. Let’s wait and see.
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It’s a known secret that all the private educational institutions were squeezing each and every paisa from the parents to give a seat to their siblings. But our governments f**kingly said that they need evidences or somebody has to give complaints, then they will take actions. With most of the colleges being run by MLAs, MPs, Ministers and yesteryear goons who will come forward to complaint about this?? And one of the college being reported by the TOI was being administered by one of the present MP and Minister of state. And he has refused that by saying he was a trustee once but have no connections with that college now.
Our politicians are too clever to do such things. They are always finding ways to get money and once they find a easier and safer way, they gets out of the other and becomes a good citizen 😛 Another college which is caught is Sri Ramachandra University. One of the reputed medical institututes in our country never fears to ask donation at will. They have asked about 40 lakhs for a seat. Phew!!!! Can’t even think about it. And 3.25 Lakhs separately for 5 more years. No middle class family can think about medical if he/she gets 98% in their public examinations. Anything below than that, the only eligible criteria to get a admission is how much money you own or able to pay.
What I really want is they shouldn’t stop with those 2 colleges, they must enquire in rest of the private run medical and engineering colleges and enact some strict rules to curb this practice to an level that it is not common to be find in this country and common people must be able to access to higher education and eligible students (in marks) must get the chance to study the subject they prefer.
Here are some of the excerpts from TOI, on real life experiences and laws we have now:
States such as Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu have enacted laws to ban educational donations based on Supreme Court judgments, but action against offenders can only be in the nature of recommendations to central agencies. The Tamil Nadu EducationalInstitutions (Prohibition of Collection of Capitation Fee) Act 1992, for instance, contains directions for educational institutions to maintain financial data, academic records, etc, but does not talk about punishment if guidelines are flouted, pointed out a senior jurist. “If an institution is found guilty, the state can only recommend to the All India Council for Technical Education or Medical Council of India or University Grants Commission for appropriate action, which includes disaffiliation,” S Prabakaran, president of Tamil Nadu Advocates’ Association (TNAA) said.
One exceptional case cited in TN is that of a student named Sasikala. Daughter of a vegetable vendor from Pappireddypatti in Salem, Sasikala had enough marks to be admitted for MBBS under the government quota. Still, a city-based college denied her a seat in 1989-90 as she was unable to cough up a few lakhs as capitation fee. The girl moved Madras High Court. However, Sasikala could not get any interim relief and a whole academic year went by even as the case was pending in the court. In 1990-91 she got a medical seat at the Chengalpattu Government Medical College, and she decided to join it. The private college, utilizing the opportunity, opted for an out-of-court settlement and offered a decent sum as compensation if she withdrew the case. The case, indeed, was withdrawn.
Hannah Lois Dorothy of CSI Baines School, Kilpauk, for instance, stood first in her school. ‘‘I have an aggregate of 191.25/200 (95.6%) in physics, chemistry and biology but the government cut-off score for medicine is around 196 (98%). I have written entrance exams for a few medical colleges. But I can’t afford to pay a capitation fee of, say, Rs 20 lakh or Rs 30 lakh to get a seat,’’ she says. Such students, unable to pay capitation fees for a seat despite scoring well, may have to settle for a different field ofstudy. In Hannah’s case, she is considering engineering as an option.
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