TimesNow carried out an ‘expose’ targeting the private medical colleges in TamilNadu. Their find : “Private medical colleges charge capitation fees ranging from 20-75 lakhs from students”. This is in violation of government rules and Supreme court order.
The minister of state of I&B ministry, whose college was one of the targets, immediately declined that he was the chairman of the college. What was his college till the day before, suddenly became somebody’s.
Can things become more un-realistic in India..?
It is a well-known fact all private engineering and medical colleges charge capitation fees (huge) for management quota admission.
It is a well-known fact that they carry out this in full contravention of Supreme court orders and Government rules and regulations.
It is a well-known fact that most of these colleges and universities are owned by politicians and central/state ministers.
It is a well-known fact that the black-money generated out of educational institutes far outstrips black-money generated from any other sources.
It is a well-known fact that such black-money collected often funds the election expenses.
It is a well-known fact that such black-money is what plays in the stock-market through traders.
It is a well-known fact that all the State and Central Ministers including the Prime Minister are aware of such black-money market thriving under their nose, but can’t do anything as either they are the beneficiaries or they need the backing of the beneficiaries.
So whom are we kidding..?
It is very clear that education in India is available only to rich and capable. The rich and capable only can afford domestic or international education to their kids.
There is an upper middle-class in India which sends their kids to tuitions and training centers through which they make their kids highly competitive. There is a rich class in India which sends their kids to higher education simply through money.
The real middle-class along with poor, in particular if they are dis-advantaged to send their kids to tuitions and training centers, cannot afford any quality education anywhere.
This is a plain fact.
Is it that we do not know about it..?
After all this expose, what did the Prime Minister do..? What did the UPA chairperson do..? Can they touch their heart and say they believe what their minister said (that he is no longer the chairman of the college)..? Is not the trust that is running the college owned by him and his relatives..?
Whom are we kidding..? We are kidding ourselves..?
Instead Government should legalize Capitation fee in management quota for all educational institutions. They should fix and charge the Capitation fee themselves and provide admission into these Universities and Colleges through a central government administered methodology like PMT or AIEEE even for Capitation fee students. Probably a national entrance test for Capitation fee students with capitation fee collected by government and handed over to colleges after counseling.
The Capitation fee should be handed over to private Colleges and Universities as Central Funding. May be it can be tax exempted.
In this way Private Colleges and Universities will get money to develop their infrastructure and not to develop their patrons and at the same time merit also gets rewarded to some extent. And that money will not fuel the black-market activities.