The Karnataka High Court on Thursday directed the State government to conduct an investigation into the affairs of educational institutions which are enticing students to take admission without requisite recognition and permission.

Saying that such a conduct prime facie amounted to cheating, a Division Bench, comprising Chief Justice Vikramajit Sen and Justice B.V. Nagarathna, asked the government to submit the report in two weeks.

It issued the direction while hearing a case filed by Shimoga-based T.M.A.E. Society’s Ayurvedic Medical College and Hospital regarding refusal to grant recognition by the Central Council for Indian Medicine (CCIM).

During the hearing, the Bench noticed that the college had issues over recognition owing to lack of facilities since 2008–09. However, despite this, it admitted around 200 students. The Bench noticed that some students were unable to appear for exams too.

Terming this situation as “appalling”, the Bench said despite derecognising of the college, its letterhead states that it is “affiliated to Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences, recognised by the Government of Karnataka and approved by the CCIM.”

“We are informed that even in this background, the institution had the legal temerity of granting admission to 40 students again,” the Bench said while observing that this act of the college prima facie amounts to cheating.

As Additional Advocate-General K.M. Nataraj was present in the court in connection with another case, the Bench requested him to inform the government to conduct a probe into its activities and also other institutions enticing students for admission without recognition.

The court also ordered issue of notice to the CCIM, and Secretary, Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy.