Puducherry

Show-cause notice served on two pvt. medical colleges

Amid separate walkout by the principal Opposition party, the All India N. R Congress, and the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (Amma ) on Thursday over the CENTAC issue, Chief Minister V. Narayanasamy informed the House that the government has issued show-cause notices two private colleges for not admitting students based on the fee prescribed by the Centralised Admission Committee.

Replying to the admission issue raised by Opposition leader N. Rangasamy, AIADMK leader A. Anbalagan and Congress member K. Lakshminarayanan during zero hour, Chief Minister V. Narayanasamy said the colleges had been asked to report by Friday why the Essentiality Certificate/No-Objection Certificate should not be withdrawn.

The Chief Minister said the government had promised to initiate action against those institutions failing to admit students after the last day of counselling.

Mr. Narayanasamy said the management of three colleges — Sri Venkateshwaraa Medical College and Hospital, Sri Manakula Vinayagar Medical College and Hospital and Pondicherry Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS) — had met the Health Minister on Monday afternoon and assured the government of its intent to admit students.

The government had gathered information that except for the PIMS, none of the institutions had admitted students.

Eight students were admitted by the institution till Wednesday evening, he said. A heated exchange took place between Mr. Narayanasamy and Opposition members after they levelled corruption charges against the government.

CM dares Opposition

Mr. Narayanasamy was heard challenging the Opposition members to prove the charges that the admission process was not done in a transparent manner.

On the direction of Speaker V. Vaithilingam, the Chief Minister promised to table in the House a list of students admitted to the colleges.

Sources in the government said show causes notices were served on Sri Venkateshwaraa Medical College and Hospital and Sri Manakula Vinayagar Medical College.

The notice says, “Contrary to the assurance given by your representatives, it has been noticed that you have not allotted seats to the students sponsored under government/management quota and demanding exorbitant fees from the selected students over and above the fee fixed by the committee.”

It further adds that the “wilful failure of the institute to provide seats to the students sponsored by the CENTAC, both under the State/management quota, is a clear violation of the direction of the Government of India and fee committee.

“The conduct and attitude of the institute with a deliberate intention to avoid seat sharing with the government are against public interest and interest of students.”

The managements were also reminded about the prior warning given to them after the first phase of counselling through a notice served on May 16.

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