Madras HC Calls Donations to MBBS Colleges ‘Bribe’, Orders Probe
Madras HC said those paying huge sums of money as donation to colleges will face a probe on the fund source.
Those paying huge sums of money as donations to get a medical college seat will face a probe on the source of such funds, ruled the Madras High Court on Wednesday.
Calling it a bribe, the court said those who give such donations as well as those who receive it, must be punished. Several parents, however, justified paying lakhs to get their wards admitted, saying they had very little option.
“My son scored very well in his state board exams but missed the government college seat by 0.5 marks. We had always dreamt of making him a doctor,” says a parent.
When he failed to make the cut-off, they had no other option, but to cough up the money to a private medical institute so that their son could realise their dreams. He is now in his final year.
Advocate S Prabhakaran supported the judiciary’s move. “Parents should only pay the amount fixed by the government. It is absolutely wrong to pay an exorbitant amount. It is no better than a bribe,” he argues.
He also hits out at private colleges for taking “undue advantage” and asks why they can’t take people on the basis of merit.
The Madras High Court’s order comes weeks after SRM Chairperson TR Pachamuthu was arrested by the Chennai Police after more than 100 parents alleged that they had paid around Rs 50 lakh each to get a medical seat, but were not admitted.
Paul Kanagaraj, an advocate who is representing 11 students in the Pachamuthu case, however, feels that the government should allow the private colleges to take money from students legally.
Private institutions require money to provide quality education and they should be allowed to do that. The government does not have enough colleges. If the colleges are demanding money, the parents have to meet it.Paul Kanagaraj, Advocate
Kanagaraj also says that the parents of the 11 students have proof to show that they had paid the college.
A private college student believes that a college’s survival depends on the donations that it receives from the admissions. “It is very difficult to run a private college which includes getting experienced professors and maintains cleanliness as well,” says the student.
While the amount of the donation varies, he claimed that paying Rs. 6-7 lakh is justifiable while an exorbitant amount of Rs 70-80 lakh is unacceptable.
The Madras High Court’s order was made while hearing a bail petition of SK Durairaj, who had taken Rs 20 lakh from a parent promising him a seat for his ward.
When the student did not get admission and the money wasn’t refunded, a complaint was filed against Durairaj. The court had refused to grant him anticipatory bail.
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