Institutions to ensure transparency even in admissions against management quota

Karnataka High Court: Showing
surprise on noticing how admissions in Kempegowda
Institute of Medical Sciences (KIMS) against management quota are reduced to
business transactions, the High Court directed Medical Council of India and the
Central Government to take corrective measures to make the admission process
transparent at all stages including applying for admission against management
quota with the help of technology.

In the present case, four students applied for admission in KIMS against
management quota for I year MBBS course for the academic year 2014-2015 along
with fees and donations amounting to approximately eighty lakhs. The father of
one of the student was also made to sign an undertaking that he understands
that the admission given to his son was only provisional and subject to
approval by RGUHS/MCI and in excess of the stipulated management seats. In case
of non approval, the management and the college will not be responsible. Later,
three of the students were discharged from the college on the ground that their
admission to the course was in excess of the admission capacity fixed for the
college. The college discharged them only after the expiry of the last date of
taking admission in colleges for that academic year.

The Court found the conduct of the college of taking such an undertaking
from the parents of the student along with huge amounts of donation disturbing
and ordered the MCI and Central Government to take serious note of the matter
and take measures to ensure transparency in the admission process even against
management quota, especially by making it more technology based. The High Court
also found the college’s act of not discharging the students with illegal
admission and not refunding the amount received from them well before the last
date for admission in colleges for that academic year as grossly irresponsible and
as it resulted in them losing one academic year and unnecessary litigation
causing unimaginable mental agony to them the High Court ordered the college to
pay Rs. 1 crore each to all the three students as compensation along with refund
of the amount paid by them to the college for the admission. [Girish Rithvik K.R. v. Union of India, decided on 08.07.2015]

Source: Legal news India

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