Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Puducherry college took Rs 5.8 crore for MBBS seats

Puducherry college took Rs 5.8 crore for MBBS seats

NEW DELHI: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has said that Mahatma Gandhi Medical College & Research Institute, Puducherry, took capitation fee to the tune of Rs 5.76 crore from 73 different persons in 2007-08. 

CBI also found that the institute "illegally" got an increase in annual intake of students to the MBBS course from 100 to 150 by "fraudulent means". 

The HRD ministry, which granted 'deemed university' status to the institute in 2008 under the de novo (new areas of learning) category, is contemplating serious action against the institute. "The ministry can withdraw deemed university status. A final decision will be taken soon," a source said. 

The CBI, in a report to the HRD ministry, said capitation fee was collected in the name of donations by the college management. CBI collected counterfoils of vouchers of payments made by 73 persons on behalf of the candidates. CBI said parents of 37 candidates who had paid donation were examined. 

"The common element of the statement of these witnesses is that on receipt of admission letters from the college, when they attended the college, the management asked them to pay donation in the name of development charges for the hospital and college," CBI said in its report. It also said that payments were made in cash as reflected in the counterfoils and the college management had shown these amounts as donations in the statement of accounts and income tax returns. 

Reiterating the Supreme Court's categorical order in Islamic Academy of Education vs State of Karnataka case, CBI said the apex court had held that capitation fee could not be collected in any form. "It has been established that the college was collecting capitation fee in the guise of donation," CBI said. 

As for resorting to fraudulent means to increase intake, CBI said its investigation revealed that "on the dates of MCI inspections, several doctors appeared before the inspection teams as if they were permanent teaching faculty and resident doctors even though they were not so". 

CBI also said "in spite of having conspicuous shortage of teaching faculty and resident doctors, the college illegally managed to get an increase in annual intake of students to the MBBS course from 100 to 150 by fraudulent means". 

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