The State government has constituted a high-level committee to look into the affairs of engineering and medical colleges run by religious and linguistic minorities, following complaints that some of them had misused their mandate in terms of student admissions and appointment of teachers.

Minister for Higher Education C.T. Ravi told journalists here on Friday that the committee comprising top officials of collegiate, technical and medical education and member-secretary of the Karnataka Knowledge Commission M.K. Sridhar would inquire into the alleged irregularities in the colleges.

Some colleges had not filled seats reserved under the State quota and had allegedly sold them to students from other States. A few of these colleges had claimed that they were providing facilities such as Internet and bus services. Some colleges collected Rs. 60,000 in addition to the prescribed fee suggested by the government, the Minister said. The committee has been told to come out with a set of recommendations on revised guidelines for such institutions. A few engineering and medical colleges have violated rules on fee regulation, according to the Venkataramaiah Committee report, the Minister said.

As per the guidelines, engineering and medical colleges are supposed to reserve 60 per cent of seats for minorities. But there are large-scale complaints that some of them, particularly engineering colleges, are not following the rule and “selling” the seats to those from outside the State, and some institutions were indulging in “business”, Mr. Ravi said.

An inquiry had been ordered. A total of 37 colleges, including 10 in Bangalore, had grossly violated the guidelines, he said. Such colleges would be blacklisted if they did not take steps to set right the loopholes in admission procedures, Mr. Ravi said.

The very purpose of according minority status to these institutions had failed, he said, and added that there were many complaints pertaining to appointments made by the engineering and medical colleges. The committee would conduct an inquiry into all these aspects and submit a report to the government, he said. The National Commission for Minorities had asked the State to come out with revised guidelines for such institutions.

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