Rot runs deep in this year’s MBBS admission process in Tamil Nadu and the entire system seems to involve a series of maladies – including capitation fees, unapproved courses and non transparent admission procedure. In a move to steer clear the entire system, a PIL has sought fresh admission process for filling up the management quota seats in the private medical colleges of the state.
The first bench of the Madras High Court consisting of Justices Sanjay Kishan Kaul and M Satyanarayanan has already issued notices to the health department, the union health ministry and the medical council of India as well the state medical university. The PIL from advocate G Vijayakumar has been adjourned to September 17 for further hearing.
The petitioner targeted this year’s prospectus issued by the MBBS selection committee. He further added that that the prospectus gave no indication of the fact that six medical colleges of the state have been disallowed to admit students this year.
The concerned authorities were accused of permitting the colleges to admit non meritorious students based on non transparent methods. The main objective behind the move is to help these institutes to book and block seats on commercial basis. “Seats are allotted in a clandestine manner without a fair procedure, resorting to malafide selection process like a commercial racket”, the petitioner commented.
Interestingly, this year’s prospectus also included a new clause which stated that candidates who have applied for MBBS courses would be deemed to have read its contents and agreed with the clause. Such a step was taken to prevent students from challenging it in courts. Also, the prospectus did not mention the admission and tuition fess payable under the management quota.
Furthermore, there were no records or registry to maintain the procedure of admission and material evidence failed to indicate a transparent counselling procedure. The petitioner moved the HC to restrain the selection committee authorities from going ahead with their process of admission under MBBS management quota.