July 03, 2009

Medical institutes seeking donation will have licence cancelled: Health Minister

Taking a strong stance against illegal donation or capitation fee being charged by private medical institutes for admission in its MBBS courses, the health ministry said institutes found guilty would be punished in the most severe manner.

Cautioning colleges against taking capitation fees, health minister Ghulam Nabi Azad on Wednesday said he would use extraordinary powers to cancel their licences if they were found guilty.

He said, "The era of touts who collect money on behalf of colleges and corrupt administration is over. Should I come to know of any medical college or its proprietor having paid money to get files cleared or get permission to increase seats, I will use extraordinary powers to cancel their licences."

Azad also called for surprise checks in colleges by the Medical Council of India to assess standards. "Random checking should become the order. If the institutes know when the team will visit them, they will have everything in place," he said.

A TOI-Times Now expose last month had caught on camera two private medical colleges in Chennai seeking capitation fee for admission to its MBBS courses. Such a fee has been explicitly banned by the Supreme Court.

TOI had earlier exposed how two members of MCI had strong links with the offending institutions.

Two senior officials of MCI -- president Ketan Desai and vice-president P C Kesavankutty Nayar -- are currently board members of Sri Ramachandra University, which demanded Rs 40 lakh from students seeking MBBS admission.


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