Special Correspondent

AIADMK leader criticises piecemeal approach to the issue "No definite approach to finalise quota for 2007-2008"

Puducherry: Secretary of the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) here and party legislator A Anbalagan has called upon the administration to ensure equal sharing of seats between the Government and managements of the private medical colleges in the Union Territory.

Addressing presspersons here on Saturday, he said that there had been a piecemeal approach to finalisation of seats. Although the seven private medical colleges should have earmarked 475 seats, being 50 per cent of the total 950 seats available, the administration had settled for 205 seats in the last academic year. Students were thus deprived of their statutory right for the seats and were forced to get seats under management quota.

He said that the "No Objection Certificate" issued by the Government for setting up private medical colleges stipulated that those colleges should each earmark 50 per cent of seats to Government quota. Normally, a common entrance test would be held to sponsor the students. But last year, the Government had entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with the private managements and erratically fixed the number of seats, which differed from college to college. He said that there was no definite approach to finalise the Government quota for the 2007-2008 academic year.

There were complaints from parents and students that the colleges did not return the excess fees they had collected above the one fixed by the Fee Committee.

There was also allegation that managements obtained letters under duress that students had got the excess payment collected from them. Mr. Anbalagan asked the administration to conduct an enquiry into this.

President of the Janata Dal (Secular) here E. Ganesan has called upon the Chief Minister to work out a firm understanding with the private medical colleges and finalise 65 per cent of the total seats for the Government quota. If the institution was one run by minority community, the quota could be 50 per cent. This was the pattern the Tamil Nadu Government was successfully adopting now.

If there were no firm steps taken on the issue, the JD (S) would launch an agitation.