The Karnataka Legislative Council’s Assurance Committee on Monday recommended stringent action against 11 colleges -10 dental and a medical college – in the state that had been given minority educational institute status for denying admission to students from linguistic minority communities.
In a report submitted to the Council, the committee headed by MC Nanaiah, said the institutions, all of which come under the Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences (RGUHS), denied admissions to students from linguistic minority communities and instead admitted other students in return for huge capitation fees.
According to the report, Rajarajeshwari Dental College and Hospital in Bangalore was supposed to admit 62 Tamil undergraduate students and 26 postgraduate students. However, it did not admit even one in the academic year 2012-13.
The other institutions named in the report include Oxford College of Dental Sciences, Vydehi Institute of Dental Sciences and Research Centre, Al Khader Dental College and Hospital, Bangalore Institute of Dental Sciences and Hospital, Coorg Institute of Dental Sciences, Farooqia Dental College, Navodaya Dental College, Al Ameen Dental College, AJ Institute of Dental Sciences and Saptagiri Institute of Medical Sciences and Research Center.
The committee observed that the colleges violated rules framed by the National Commission for Minority Educational Institutions and the conditions on which they were granted minority educational institution status. The report was drawn up after verifying the admission process at the institutions for the past three years.
According to rules framed by the National Commission for Minority Educational Institutions, the institutes are supposed to reserve at 66 per cent seats for linguistic minorities.
The committee has recommended the withdrawal of minority educational institute status for these colleges. The state government will need to submit details about the irregularities to the Medical Council of India (MCI) and the Dental Council of India (DCI) for further legal action.