Karnataka Government raises fine for Blocking MBBS Seats to Rs 25 Lakhs
To curb the rampant malpractice of blocking MBBS seats across Karnataka, the state government has decided to raise the amount of fine from Rs. 5 Lakhs to Rs. 25 Lakhs for surrendering the seats after counselling.
The new rules would come into effect from the next academic year.
The state government’s decision was confirmed last week in a statement given by the Health and Education Minister of the State, K. Sudhakar.
What is the MBBS Seat Blocking Scam?
The scam starts with private medical colleges identifying the meritorious students and making them clear the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET).
Out of a total 65 medical colleges in the state, 45 are self-financed colleges.
The students then block the seats and vacate them after the mop-up counselling round by paying the appropriate fine to the Karnataka Examination Authority.
These vacant seats add up to the management quota of the college and are sold at a huge price to students willing to pay for them.
Because of this, deserving students are deprived of the seats and less meritorious students secure them by unfair means.
The fivefold rise in the fine for seat blocking was recommended by an expert committee of Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences in a report to the medical education department.
Considering the recommendations, the Government increased the penalty.
This step was taken after BJP Member, N. Ravikumar asked about the actions taken against the guilty private medical colleges. His question was in response to the Income Tax searches against 12 private medical colleges yielded Rs. 402 crores of undeclared wealth, as per the Hindu.
According to the Times of India, N. Ravikumar also asked for blacklisting the colleges which indulged in this malpractice.
In another statement, the Minister said that this scam has been happening for a few years because some colleges are exploiting the loopholes in the law and Supreme Court’s orders for their own advantage.
Replying to N. Ravikumar’s questions regarding the actions taken against the guilty colleges, the Minister stated that the Government cannot issue a notice in a black money case. He went on to say that investigation agencies and the Income Tax department are already probing into the matter.
If the colleges are found to be violating acts under the State’s jurisdiction, they will face the consequences, according to the Minister.