A public interest litigation petition has been filed in the Madras High Court for issuing direction to the Center and the State for constituting a committee to effectively monitor MBBS admissions in private colleges under the management quota seats. The main purpose of the committee will be to determine the fee and ensure fair play in the admission process.
In the petition filed by M.Swaminathan of Besant Nagar, it was submitted that admissions to the management quota seats in private colleges and deemed universities of the state were carried on under as shady deals and through unethical means. Although the Medical Council of India (MCI) had made it mandatory for every private institution to conduct an entrance examination to select deserving candidates, but this exercise is not transparently conducted, resulting in jeopardizing the future of millions of poor and innocent students. Mostly, students hailing from rich and influential backgrounds grab these seats by paying a hefty capitation fee.
The collection of hefty capitation fee was one of the main reasons afflicting medical education in the country. If this practice is not immediately checked upon, then the entire medical sector would be commercialized that would ultimately contaminate the public health system and corrupt even the responsible doctors. The petitioner also confirmed that an MBBS seat is sold for nearly INR 1 crore, due to the unavailability of a uniform and fixed pay structure.
The petitioner also stated the necessity of a state level fee and admission regulatory body for private medical colleges. Even if such a committee existed in Tamil Nadu, but it did not function effectively and is paralyzed in the hands of the law breakers.
The petition was filed before the First Bench comprising acting Chief Justice Satish K. Agnihotri and Justice M.M. Sundresh. Notice to other respondents was also issued, returnable by four weeks.