Even as the CMJ University in Meghalaya has come under the central government scanner for awarding around 434 PhD degrees in the last academic session,its counseling centre in the city Muskaan Dental Clinic continues to accept applications from students. Operating from a run-down market in Sector-15,Chandigarh,the dental clinic has been selling the private universitys prospectus to students over the past year.
Over the last few months,some seven students have bought the prospectus. Dr Ashwani Jindal,the owner of the clinic,said that some 10 students were admitted to the CMJ University last year: including some for the controversial PhD course as well as Engineering and other Bachelors courses. We have told the students that the online test for the courses will be held in June. We have received many inquires for admission for this session, he added.
Although a dentist by training,Jindal said he was selling the prospectus as there are no specific rules stipulating that a counselling center should possess large infrastructure: We are selling the prospectus on a commission basis. For every student admitted,we get nearly 2-5 per cent commission from the university.
He,however,said that while the dental clinic sells the prospectus,other admission formalities are completed by students themselves. Jindal said that the cost of admission for the PhD programme for 2-years is near Rs 1.27 lakh. The admission fee for the engineering courses is nearly Rs 20,000 while the fee for one-year bachelors degree is some Rs 6,500 per annum, he said.
The Meghalaya Governor R S Mooshahary has now asked the University to withdraw all the degrees it has awarded so far and has termed the admission of over 3,300 students as illegal. He has also directed the university to stop fresh admissions until a new Chancellor is appointed as per UGC regulations. Jindal,however,said that he had not received any communication prohibiting him from issuing prospectus for fresh admissions.