The deemed-to-be universities in the state, which have been served notices by the state government recently for not “surrendering” under-graduate and post- graduate medical/dental seats, have told the government that it has no right to question them. They have also demanded it to withdraw the notices.
On February 12, the state Department of Medical Education issued notices to six deemed-to-be medical universities including those run by ministers and a Rajya Sabha member. All the six have replied saying that the government cannot interfere in their functioning. Copies of the replies from all the six universities are with Express.
In the reply to the notice, KLE University Belgaum, said, “As you have no right and your actions are contrary to the judgment of the Supreme Court, we request your goodself to withdraw your communication dated 12-02-2014 and 25-02-2014. We also request your goodself not to make any admissions in our university.”
Even JSS University Mysore demanded the government to withdraw the notice and said not to make any admissions. In his reply, the registrar of JSS University said, “We request your goodself to withdraw your communication dated 12-02-2014 and 25-02-2014. We also request your goodself not to make any admissions in our university.”
The deemed-to-be universities say they are directly governed by the University Grants Commission (UGC) and have nothing to do with the State government.
When contacted, the registrar of one of the deemed-to-be-universities, which is run by a minister said, “Whatever we have to say, we have said through the reply. What the government did was against the law and there is no question of surrendering seats.”
In the notice, the government claimed that it will be losing 454 seats in medical/dental UG, PG and diploma courses. However, the deemed-to-be universities have made it clear that they will not surrender the seats to government in any case. The secretary to the medical education department was not available for comment.
Who Said What
■ Sri Siddartha Academy of Higher Education Tumkur (run by Sri Siddartha Educational Society belonging to KPCC president Dr G Parameshwara and family): “Deemed-to-be-universities are controlled and regulated by UGC under the UGC Act, 1956. All policies, principles, rules and practices are to be followed by all deemed universities as laid down under the Act. It is also a settled position of law as per the decision of the apex court that deemed-to-be-universities are under the control of UGC and MHRD and the states shall not interfere in the day-to-day functioning including admission of the students. Hence, the question of parting 25 per cent of the UG/PG seats does not arise, as the admission has to be made as per Clause 6.1 of UGC rules and regulations. In view of the above, we have no obligation to part with any UG/PG seats to the state. Hence, the question of parting with 25 per cent seats from 2008 does not arise.”
■ KLE University, Belgaum (Run by KLE Society, headed by Rajya Sabha member Prabhakar Kore): “The state cannot interfere with the functioning of the deemed-to-be-university. The notices by the State government goes to show that the it is trying to coerce in surrendering the 25 per cent seats which is not permissible in law. As you have no right and your actions are contrary to the judgment of the Honorable Supreme Court, we request your goodself to withdraw the communications made and not to make any admissions in our university.”
■ JSS University, Mysore (Run by JSS Math): “We are already surrendering 25 per cent of the enhanced sanctioned seats in MBBS. We have got an increase in intake from MCI from 150 to 200. Accordingly, we are surrendering 12 seats every year subject to renewal of permission from the MCI every year after assessment. We request your goodself to withdraw your communications dated 12-02-2014 and 25-02-2014. We request your goodself not to make any admission in our university.”
■ BLDE University, Bijapur, (run by BLDE Society, headed by Water Resources Minister MB Patil): “As you have no right and your actions are contrary to the judgment of the honorable Supreme Court, we request your goodself to withdraw your communications and not to make any admissions in our university.”
■ Nitte University, Mangalore: “We wish to bring to your kind notice that we have been diligently following the guidelines applicable to our university and hence your letter is not relevant.”
■ Yenepoya University, Mangalore: “We would like to bring to your kind notice that Yenepoya University has been complying with the conditions imposed. We therefore request your goodself to kindly withdraw the notice issued to us as the same is not applicable to us.”