New scam emerges in medical admissions in Karnataka

Bangalore, Oct 13: The Karnataka State government has directed Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences not to approve any admission done through the Consortium of Medical, Engineering and Dental Colleges of Karnataka (COMED-K) for the academic year 2011-12 until an enquiry is conducted into allegations that students were being used by agents to bag seats across the state through huge amount of money .

The inquiry into allegation to be done by a committee headed by former vice chancellor of the Karnataka State Open University (KSOU) Prof Sudha Rao and admissions will be cleared based on the committee’s report as said state medical education minister S.A.Ramadas.

Meanwhile, around 120 COMED-K medical seats were allegedly sold this year after students bagged those seats during counselling but did not turn up to claim those seats despite paying a fee of Rs 3.25 lakh for them.

According to sources in the medical education department, many private college management and agents are believed to be involved in the Rs 150 crore of rackets as tens of COMED-K seats were converted into management quota in most private medical colleges at the reconciliation meeting. But governemnt has not yet been received the detail of the reconciliation meeting and it is not possible to convert the COMED seats to management quota without permission of Directorate of Medical Education.

Though the agents have long been known to block seats in medical colleges using students who appear for the Common Entrance Test (CET) conducted by state government. Meanwhile, government assured to take action against all those who were involved in the rackets.

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