CHENNAI: For 111 students of the infamous SVS Medical College of Yoga and Homeopathy it was a ray of hope for a fresh life when they got admission in a government college at a special transfer counselling on Wednesday. But disappointment was writ large on nearly 20 students, who got admitted under management quota in this academic year (2015-2016) by paying huge fees for which the college did not give any receipt.
“I am a farmer. I paid around Rs 3.25 lakh to the college during admission of my son to Bachelor of Naturopathy and Yogic Science Medicine and Surgery (BNYS) first year in November last. I borrowed the money and I am still paying interest for it. Today I have no proof to produce to the officials to prove these,” said M Gunasekaran, father of a student.
The counselling was conducted for the 2008-2016 batch students of the SVS Medical College of Yoga and Homeopathy, which is now sealed after the mysterious death of three girl students. The deceased students were protesting against fleecing by the college management and poor facilities in the campus. Gunasekaran and other parents like him, were agitated when they came to know that their children were not eligible to attend the counselling.
Ambed Kumar, father of another student from Periyapalayem, who had come down for the counselling said, “We did not receive any call letter, but still we came thinking, that our son also will get a seat in the transfer counselling. We paid around Rs 4 lakh in December last. But whenever we asked for the receipt, the college kept telling us, that we will get it later,” he said.
A selection committee member said, “We did not get any detail from Villupuram Collector regarding these 20 students. Also sanctioned intake for the college was only 50 seats, in which 33 seats were government quota and 17 seats of management quota. Again, the college also had surrendered 15 management seats. So, there should be only 2 seats in the management quota this year. But, I do not understand, how the remaining were enrolled in the college this year."
The officials asked the parents to write their grievances in a letter and submit it to the selection committee, which will be forwarded to the Villupuram district collector for his consideration.
Of the 136 students called to attend the counselling, 112 students turned out and all except one were allotted seats at the Government Yoga and Naturopathy Medical College here. Officials said the lone student preferred not to get admitted.