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June 8, 2009

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.

Check out that video here:

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.

PS: This is nothing to do with the post.. I have got a USB mouse and it is working very well.. yay 😀

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18 Comments leave one →
  1. June 8, 2009 5:27 am

    Me first again. 😀

    kanagu: Yes , you are Badz 🙂

    • June 8, 2009 3:28 pm

      hey bhagwaan!! Badz too? 😀

      kanagu: Everybody were running Indyeah.. catch up 😀

  2. June 8, 2009 5:38 am

    I’m sorry! I don’t know what to say. I’m SOO ANGRY (even when it doesn’t really effect me directly) to hear/read this. I knew to an extent such things existed India BUT to THIS EXSTREME is a shock. 😯

    kanagu: This is how things are here Badz… it will take a long time to rectify these problems.. our greedy politicians have changed our system into like that 😦 hope they will come out and think wisely 🙂

  3. June 8, 2009 9:18 am

    horrible dude….. It is atrocious……..

    kanagu: 😦

  4. June 8, 2009 1:13 pm

    There have been several similar news before, that too with similar candid camera stunts. But I have not come across any actions that has been taken. This will continue as long as we have such politicians to ‘rule’ us.

    kanagu: Thats the sad state now Vimal… but let us have some % of hope so that we won’t get shocked when something good happens 😀

  5. June 8, 2009 2:22 pm

    I can’t imagine why parents would be willing to pay Rs.40 lakh for a seat in some medical/engineering college which may not even be recognized…Parents should get off the “my son (and daughter) is an engineer/doctor” syndrome and encourage their children esp. boys to try out other fields…

    Banning donation won’t help…The Delhi government has banned interviews for children trying to get admission in nursery…It hasn’t helped…Now the schools call interviews ‘interaction’…The concept is the same…

    kanagu: Have you ever seen bones??? only the lakshatipati’s and crorepati’s children only were studying in such colleges… and some people were affird to spend such high money for an idiotic degree.. 😦

    banning donations won’t help.. but some independent organisation must be created and it must monitor the colleges…

  6. June 8, 2009 3:33 pm

    well researched post Kanagu..I like all your posts on education (the one on teachers and the one on little kids and parents being interviewed for admission)

    40lakhs? 😯
    OMG!!that is such an atrocious amount!!Giving any donation is bad but this hge a sum?are parents crazy to give it?
    Like Sraboney says rightly..they are giving this much for a college which might not even be a recognized college?
    this is like a cancer thats eating our education system 😦

    kanagu: Thanks Indyeah.. 🙂 Its a recognition for me 🙂

    you know… if colleges were asking means then the parents were able to.. I dono how such amounts were hidden from the accounts.. this didn’t tells us there is many a thing fishy 😦

    lol@the PS 😀

    kanagu: 😀

  7. Mystery permalink
    June 8, 2009 4:08 pm

    Hmm. not even knowing what to say..
    But the point is even if this video or some other evidences are produced in the court, it will take a long time for the culprits to be punished..

    kanagu: There is another possibility also Mystery.. not at all getting punished.. most likely one 😉

  8. June 8, 2009 10:39 pm

    congrats on ur USB mouse!
    as long as our nation thrives on degrees, donation scene will continue…Times is just doing this for themsleves..hope the culprits dont re-emerge as is the usual case!

    kanagu: Thanks Vinnie 🙂
    lets hope 🙂

  9. craftyshines permalink
    June 8, 2009 10:51 pm

    sheesh. education…they eat out of children’s education. it is any wonder our future is always swaying towards the dark!!!


    ths truly upsets me….

    a well-collected post kanagu!
    and congrats on the new USB mouse!!

    kanagu: Crafty… never lose hope.. the darkest hour is just before the dawn.. so we are nearing dawn 🙂
    Thanks Crafty 😀

  10. June 8, 2009 11:24 pm

    CAT .. CAT .. everywhere …

    Everyone is trying to catch it 😛 … Even the one in your header seems to be running away :mrgreen:

    kanagu: he he he 🙂
    yes 🙂

  11. June 9, 2009 1:34 am

    It is such a sad state of affairs.. The rate at which the capitation fees are increasing.. irrespective of how good the college all thanks to the craze for professional education in our society.. unless the lure for professional courses reduce, things will continue in this way..

    Education has become the easiest way to make money… sad..

    kanagu: Yes Smitha.. people seemed to be attracted to it like an iron to magnet… hope they understand that they also one other course…. its become like an auction to get a seat 😦

  12. June 9, 2009 1:36 am

    Do you really think anything is going to happen??
    I don’t have any hopes.

    kanagu: Same answer I have said to crafty Amit.. don’t lose hope whatever may be the situation maybe 🙂

  13. June 9, 2009 4:23 am

    I won’t say I am shocked but still seeing it on camera it is pathetic. Sad state of affairs! 😦

    kanagu: Me too shocked Solilo.. after knowing that they are happening.. we don’t need to get shock 🙂
    but that’s what happening now 😦

  14. June 9, 2009 5:39 pm

    hmmm what 2 say da……we r also responsible for all these 😦 .Coz whenever they asked donation and high fees, without any hesitation we paid it.)
    And hope you know that many of the top colleges in South India are owned by some famous politicians or there binami’s(i don’t wanna name them here).So obviously they won’t take any initiative 2 stop this.It is high time for media to expose this evil and create awareness among common man.Lets hope things will get better in near future 🙂 .

    kanagu: Welcome here Anish 🙂
    Yes we too responsible.. and to eradicate this practice it needs a collective effort from society which will never ever happen.. so only way to control this is enacting some strict laws and making sure that they abide by it 🙂

    and media has a huge role to play in this… hope they play instead of pausing 😀

  15. June 12, 2009 12:28 am

    your current mood icon looks so cute Kanagu 😀

    kanagu: Thanks Indyeah 😀

  16. June 14, 2009 6:38 pm

    This was an open secret, wasn’t it? The collection of “donations” and “capitation fees” by the “educational institutions” 😡

    kanagu: Yes Raj 😦

  17. June 21, 2009 12:10 am

    now thats it admission time we see so many parents sitting with suitcases in front of my college’s chairman’s office! something needs to be done really.

    kanagu: *SIGH* 😦

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