Bengaluru: Medical seat scam unearthed in Karnataka spread across India?


Daijiworld Media Network - Bengaluru (MS)

Bengaluru, Oct 16: It is feared that the multi-crore scam that came to light during the search by the Income Tax department officials in the state might well be a national level scam that may have the involvement of scores of medical entrance coaching centres, private and deemed medical colleges and students.

According to the sources at the Income Tax department, considering the mammoth scale of the scam, the probe in all probability will be taken up by a central investigating agency like CBI. Already the regulatory agencies of Medical Council of India (MCI), Medical Counselling Committee (MCC) and Directorate General Health Sciences (DGHS) are monitoring the admission process that was held for the present and previous years.

Giving his opinion on the scam, justice B Manohar, chairman of admission overseeing committee of the state, said, "A national level probe is needed to know the exact depth of this scam as this is not limited to our state alone. Only a central investigating agency can unearth the real extent as this involves several exam coaching centres, mediators, fake candidates and most importantly managements of medical colleges all over the country."

The investigations by the IT department have come to the conclusion that middlemen of medical universities approach the coaching centres, especially in the states of Bihar and Rajastan and make bright students to write NEET exam and block the seats against the lure of money. In this process, both the coaching center and the bright students, who write the exams are paid a staggering amount against their service according to the information given by an official of the IT department.

The assessment of the scam is being done and reports are ready to handover the investigation to both CBI and ED, which will be investigating the scam in the angle of money laundering also. It is also said that scores of admissions will be cancelled if the regulatory agencies like MCI, MCC and DGHS come to a decision to act tough on their findings.

According to an IT official no checks are put on deemed universities. The managements of such institutions have taken great advantage of this loophole. Only a detailed and deep investigation will unearth the whole scam, says the official. Medical colleges affiliated to universities are much in control compared to the deemed universities. In Karnataka itself there are eight deemed universities and in total across India. There are 38 medical colleges in Karnataka, out of the total 52, which are run by private owned people. All these are affiliated to Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences (RGUHS).

The scam of blocking of medical seats is widespread in all-India allotment of seats in deemed universities under NEET according to the information given by Justice Manohar. In addition, he also says that the irregularities are prevailing more in private medical colleges of the state of Karnataka that are affiliated to RGUHS.

The seats in deemed universities of various states are blocked by bright students, who secure higher ranks in the case of all-India allotment. In the final round, these seats are surrendered, which helps the concerned colleges to sell them to ineligible candidates from whom the managements take exorbitant sums of money. 186 cases of this nature are found by the Income Tax department during the three-day raid that they conducted three medical colleges of the state.

In the case of private medical colleges affiliated to RGUHS, the management of the colleges follow a altogether different modus operandi. The merit seats in a particular college are blocked by the bright students and given up at the end, which facilitates the management to give those under management quota seats.

The RGUHS does not approve any other candidate except the merit list provided by Karnataka Examinations Authority (KEA) as per the law. However, it has come to light that in 2018-19, 211 admissions in the private medical colleges were done outside the list provided by the KEA. The admissions are kept on hold as of now. Similarly in 2016-17, 150 and in 2017-18, 200 admissions were done by the private medical college managements which were against the law.

The justification for admitting students outside the KEA list given by the managements of private medical colleges is that the consensual agreement signed between them and the management allows them to make their own decisions on admissions. However, M G Prabhakar, member of Fee Regulatory Committee says that this is an excuse given by the managements of private medical colleges to make money. The consensual agreement is done only with regards to the structure of the fee and nothing else.

DCM C N Ashwathnarayana said that the case will be analysed in all aspects before the same is handed over to the central agencies for investigation.

  

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  • Charles D'Mello, Pangala

    Wed, Oct 16 2019

    Thi kind of scam happens all over India, but BJP is eyeing on the opposition leaders only and they feel that their own leaders are saints....!!!!??? Let them investigate all over India,...!!!! I am sure they will never do that.

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  • Mangalorean, Mangalore

    Wed, Oct 16 2019

    Ok, next year onwards things might get streamlined and colleges might be forced to follow proper policies and procedures. BUT what about the poor deserving boys and girls who have lost their chances due to these corrupt practices?
    Will they ever get justice?

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Atlanta

    Wed, Oct 16 2019

    After 2014 only Scams ...

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  • Chandu, Karla

    Wed, Oct 16 2019

    These scams of medical seats in private medical colleges has been going on for decades and the authorities acting as if it happend yesterday.

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  • sk, Mangalore

    Wed, Oct 16 2019

    Ayyo Paramesha

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  • Rational thinker, Mangalore

    Wed, Oct 16 2019

    Medical seat procedure has become a lucrative business for all colleges, tutorials and middlemen. Money changes hands in crores within a short time. Merit and eligibility nowhere come in the picture. Dumb candidates with bags of money join reputed colleges at the cost of deserving, eligible candidates. Local students are denied seats and students from neighbouring states are given preference becuase they get cash in bags. All colleges whether deemed or private make the best out of this opportunity. This is a sad state of affairs in Karnataka as well as whole of India.

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  • Mavis Pinto, Mangalore

    Wed, Oct 16 2019

    I fully agree with you.

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  • R.Bhandarkar, Mangaluru

    Wed, Oct 16 2019

    One spokesperson/woman spotted after long time in support of party
    which as usual has its honchos neck deep in trouble.
    Carry on Madam. The party needs you badly.

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  • Mangalorean, Mangalore

    Wed, Oct 16 2019

    Sir, I strongly feel it has nothing to do with any party affiliations. Nothing to do with the ruling party or the opposition. These are colleges and middlemen exploiting the situation to their advantage.

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  • sunitha, udupi

    Wed, Oct 16 2019

    everything from 2016
    when pm can win with fake votes
    nothing is impossible

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  • Vishu, Udupi

    Wed, Oct 16 2019

    ಬಂಜಿ ಜಿಂಜಾ ಮುಟ್ಟ ತಿನ್ಲೆ ಅಣ್ಣ,
    ಪುಡವ ಮುಟ್ಟ ದಾಯೆ ಡಿಂಗುವರ್ ?

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  • David Pais, Mangalore

    Wed, Oct 16 2019

    copy cat bright students securing govt., seats

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  • Krishna, Udupi

    Wed, Oct 16 2019

    SCAMESHWARA have many medical colleges which earn upto crore from each student.........

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  • Mavis Pinto, Mangalore

    Wed, Oct 16 2019

    Famous colleges of Mangalore City have been claiming that seats are being allotted strictly as per KEA System and that they have no freedom to allot seats based on merit/minority, how come many agents were calling us and offering us seats in all these colleges at a premium? This makes us seriously doubt the credibility of these institutions. Because of this greedy attitude of our own local colleges, eligible and deserving students have lost their chance and are suffering for no fault of theirs. I have come across cases of extremely poor performers having joined these colleges by paying in crores. I wish & hope they will re-consider and provide justice to such students who have already joined random colleges with high fees. We need to fight this injustice & expose the wrong doers.

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  • Anil, Mangalore

    Wed, Oct 16 2019

    What were the regulatory authorities doing , they have been alerted about this scam
    many times , but no action was taken . Problem in India is the regulatory authorities all can be bribed and scam after scam will continue!!!!

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  • francis lobo, Mangalore

    Wed, Oct 16 2019

    This is only for eyewash. All politicians and owners of institutions are hands in glove in this and no one can touch them. The MCI itself was corrupt and the chairman was arrested long back during taking bribe and was let free without any investigation.
    What happened to the VYPAM scam in Madhya Pradesh. The students who took the seats arrested or did suicide. The whistleblower also was arrested and shunted out. The politicians and institutions which did they were not punished and CBI never completed the investigation. Even one of the state governors sone did suicide for being involved in the case.

    The students should realize that if they are not able to get seats through NEET then a better option is to go to Georgia, China, Philipines, Russia, Azerbaijan, Germany or US/UK /Australia to get their degrees . In some countries, it is cheaper and you may get a scholarship also. Now whoever student and parent involved will be arrested, jailed, they may suicide also and but the real culprit will not be punished.

    In Karnataka in CET scam the mastermind was arrested and released . After a few years he repeated the same offense and again arrested and released. This is only for newsreaders to read and enjoy. Mera Bharat Mahan!

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  • NN, NN

    Thu, Oct 17 2019

    Admission criteria for medical colleges in the USA is tougher than NEET exams even though the cost is less. However, "Illi salladhavaru, Alli salluvarenayya"

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  • Monty Dotor, Mangalore

    Wed, Oct 16 2019

    What will be the quality of students passing out of medical and engineering colleges if they are admitted by paying money.Donations and tuition classes should be banned as they are involved in shady activities.

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  • I wish I was There, Bahrain

    Wed, Oct 16 2019

    People lie and scam innocent people because they know that other are too stupid to understand it. They could be a BJP member involved in this. Truth will come out.

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  • R.Bhandarkar, Mangaluru

    Wed, Oct 16 2019

    What a feather in the Cap of Paramu!..
    One aspiring to be the CM of Karnataka!!!
    A backward but now as it turns out a front-runner ,father figure of perhaps one of the 'biggest scams'
    in 'medical seat allotment' history...
    Bye Bye Paramu.... CM dream finissssssss...
    Cell no 7 ...Tihar...beckons.. The Perfect TRIOKA.....

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