‘Pvt Varsities Gave Only 29 of 254 Seats’

Deemed medical universities have brazenly violated their agreements with the State government by surrendering only 29 post-private-universities-are-promising-changegraduate (PG) medical seats against the required 254 seats, PG students have alleged.

A day after moving the high court, a group of PG medical seat aspirants provided data at a press conference to show how even the government has been unable to ensure deemed universities give their due to students.

According to statistics provided by them, there were 2,893 PG medical seats in Karnataka last year, including 401 seats in government colleges. Of this, COMED-K was supposed to provide 298 seats, minority colleges, 106 and deemed universities, 254 seats.

“All we got were 363 seats and most were pre-clinical or para-clinical seats, which we do not want. If we don’t get our desired seats, we will become a burden, not only on our parents, but also on society,” said an aspirant who did not wish to be named.

“I have written more than 75 entrance exams in the last five years and I am yet to get a clinical seat. Clinical seats such as MD Radiology are sold for crores. It is unfortunate to wage a battle against our own government that has failed to keep a check on such institutions,” the aspirant said.

The aspirants have moved the high court over discrepancies in allotment of seats by eight deemed universities, 12 COMED-K institutes and seven under the Karnataka Religious and Linguistic Minority Professional Colleges Association (KRLMPCA).

The deemed universities are required to give 25 per cent seats, discipline-wise, to the government, whereas COMED-K and KRLMPCA are required to give 33 per cent and 20 per cent seats, respectively.

Date: April 12th, 2014

Source: The New Indian Express