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SC says capitation fee by private colleges unethical.

PRIVATE technical and medical colleges demanding capitation fee from students is illegal and unethical, the Supreme Court has said and asked the Centre to make laws to put an end to such practices which deny admission to meritorious and poor students in those institutions.

A bench presided over by justice K. S. Radhakrishnan expressed concern over the unprecedented growth of technical and medical institutions. " Collection of large amount by way of capitation fee running into crores of rupees for MBBS and post- graduate seats, exorbitant fee, donation, etc, by many of such self- financing institutions has kept the meritorious and financially poor students away from those institutions," the bench observed.

The bench said such institutions wanted to admit more students " not always for the benefit of the student community" but " for their own betterment". Taking note of a CBI case in which a former union minister and bureaucrats were found to have conspired to cause advantage to such an institution, the court said there was a need for introspection as mushrooming of such institutions had affected the quality of education in the country.

" We have referred to these instances only to indicate the falling standards of our educational system at the highest level, sometime even at the level of the Central government, making a serious inroad to the right to life guaranteed to the citizens of the country under Article 21 of the Constitution of India," the court said, while commenting on the involvement of people in high places.

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Publication:Mail Today (New Delhi, India)
Date:Sep 9, 2013
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