EXAM SCANDAL Profs forum in univ seeks probe,state intervention TIMES NEWS NETWORK Chennai: In the wake of the exam scandal in the University of Madras,a professors forum petitioned the state government seeking its intervention to improve the sorry state of affairs in the university.The forum has also demanded that the crime branch inquire into the malpractices and irregularities reported in the conduct of May 2011 distance education examinations and June 2011 BE/BTech examination.According tosources,one of the demands in the letter is to counter the Madras University Act,1923,one of the oldest University Act in south Asia.The act gives power to the university to constitute its own internal bodies for scientific inquiries and investigations.Last week,the University of Madras replaced its registrar (in charge ) Leo Alexander after an internal investigation named him in the list of 51 officials involved in the scandal,benefiting nearly 450 students.
Madras Univ registrar asked to go Arun Janardhanan TNN Chennai: University of Madras has replaced its registrar following a controversy over a rigged exam.T Leo Alexander,holding charge as registrar since June 2011,has been relieved of his post after a committee found him and 50 other university staff responsible for lapses in the 2011 BE/BTech and distance education exams.Koteeswara Prasad,former head of the universitys department of politics and public administration,has taken over the administrators post.Prasad occupies the Rajiv Gandhi chair instituted by the Union government in the university.The action comes in the wake of demands for disciplinary action against Alexander and the others after a syndicate meeting upheld a panel report that indicted them in the exam scandal.Allegations of irregularities in BE/BTech and distance education exams surfaced following an internal audit in mid-2011.The audit found that many officials were involved in malpractices,which benefited more than 200 students who took a re-exam last year after failing to clear their papers more than 10 years ago.When contacted,Alexander refused to comment.He continues to be the controller of exams.Vice-chancellor G Thiruvasagam had constituted the K Subburaj committee to go into the allegations again after the S Karunanidhi commission in December 2011 found 30 officials responsible for the lapses.The Subburaj committee upheld the findings of the earlier report and added 21 names,including that of Alexander who was the controller of exams when the irregularities took place.
Medical seats are cheaper outside state Medical seats start at 35 lakh for colleges affiliated to MGR University.A seat in a deemed university costs 28 lakh to 30 lakh.Sinha offers medical seats in Chennai Medical College,Raja Muthiah College,Sathya Sai Medical College and Meenakshi Medical college,among others.Medical seats are cheaper elsewhere,with seats in Karnataka on sale for 23 lakh and seats in Delhi available for as little as 10 lakh.For engineering aspirants,a mechanical engineering seat at Amity University in Noida can be bought for 4 lakh to 5 lakh and the rate at Galgotias College of Engineering and Technology,also in Noida,is 5 lakh to 8 lakh.When contacted,colleges said they were unaware about such agents or advertisements.We have no information about these activities.These are all unwanted elements who want to use the good name of SRM university and make some money, says SRM University vicechancellor Ponna Vaiko.All admissions at SRM are via the entrance exam and those who opt for direct admissions have to approach the admissions office directly and not through any agent, he adds.
MCI to haul up docs involved in drug scam Kounteya Sinha TNN New Delhi: The Medical Council of India (MCI) has decided to take stern action against doctors,who had endorsed scientific recommendations submitted to the Central Drugs Standard Control Organization (CDSCO),which were written by drug companies themselves.TOI reported on Thursday how drug companies have been caught red handed writing scientific recommendations of their own drugs and submitting them to the Drug Controller General of India (DCGI) after getting them endorsed by reputed doctors for aspeedy marketing approval.MCI chairman Dr K K Talwar said the Council has taken cognizance of the TOI report on the drug scam and will soon initiate action suo motu.We will be asking the DCGI to reveal the names of all the doctors involved in the scam.The ethical committee of the MCI will examine the document and take stern action against doctors involved if proven guilty.Doctors should realize they are doing great harm to the country by such acts.Unfortunately,the system has permitted them to do so till now, Dr Talwar said.TOI reported how some of Indias top medicine experts (some are head of the departments ) from the countrys most iconic medical institutes like PGI Chandigarh;CMC Vellore;AIIMS Delhi and St Johns Medical College Bangalore had signed those recommendations.The Parliamentary Standing Committee said,There is sufficient evidence on record to conclude that there is collusive nexus between drug manufacturers,some functionaries of CDSCO and some medical experts. Usually,scientific recommendations are submitted by experts after they have studied a drugs content.CIC to MCI: Disclose names of docs found guilty of negligence The Central Information Commission (CIC) has directed the Medical Council of India (MCI) to disclose names of doctors found guilty of medical negligence or misconduct.The CIC has pulled up the Council and even awarded a compensation of Rs 3,000 for delay in giving information.It is necessary that information about name sof doctors who are found guilty by the ethics committee of medical negligence or misconduct are displayed on the website of the MCI said chief information commissioner Shailsh Gandhi.The order was in response to an application by S P Mancharida who had sought information related to the MCI decision holding four doctors from Max Hospital Pitampura guilt of medical negligence.TNN
IN THE DOCK: The residence of TNAU VC Murugesa Boopathi (right) in Coimbatore was raided on Wednesday
School fee verdict boosts minority institution rights Cultural Network,Christmas Bonus Be Considered Essential A Subramani TNN Chennai: The minorities right to establish and run educational institutions which enjoy special constitutional protection,has been upheld by the Madras high courts May 3 order on determination of fee structure.Article 30 of the Constitution says all minorities,be it religious or linguistic,shall have the right to establish and administer educational institutions of their choice.Whatever is left unsaid in Article 30 is explained in two crucial rulings of the Supreme Court.In the Ahmedabad St Xaviers College Society case of 1974,the apex court spelled out four principal matters.They are: the minorities right to choose its managing or governing body;right to choose their teachers;right not to be compelled to take or refuse students;and the right to use its properties and assets for the benefit of its own institution.The other major verdict was the P A Inamdar case of 2005,in which the apex court supplemented the charter of rights by including the minorities right to frame reasonable fee structure and the right to take action against employees for dereliction of duty.These two judgments,in addition to a catena of judgments cited by the division bench on May 3,made one thing abundantly clear: The State cannot impose any restriction on the right of the minorities to administer educational institutions so long as such institutions are unaided by the state,except to the limited extent that regulation can be made for ensuring excellence in education. Perhaps building on the special protection in the Constitution as well as judicial pronouncements,the division bench has now permitted an additional percentage of school development fund to maintain the cultural network for minority educational institutions run by Catholic groups.The bench has also frowned upon the fee determination committee for having refused to accept Christmas bonus given to staff members in minority-run institutions and money spent on other religious activities,while proposing the fee structure.Minority institutions have their own cultural and social identity.The character of the institutions is sought to be tampered with by restricting the expenditure on certain heads relating to minority cultural activities like Christmas bonus to the staff and such other minority cultural activitiesAny restriction on the financial transaction of the minority schools would amount to dismember the cultural network of the minority institutions.Such disallowing of expenses would negate the right of minority institutions to retain their character as minority institutions. The committees attempt to frame a teacher-student ratio and teacher-non-teaching staff ratio,besides limiting their salary expenses to 60% of the total school budget,too,did not find favour with the committee.Noting that such restrictions would cripple minority institutions,the division bench said: We find that the committee unjustly restricted the strength of teaching staff as well as nonteaching staff.The committee ought to have accepted the strength of teaching and nonteaching staff as submitted by the institutions.Restriction of number has resulted in deficit for those institutions,virtually crippling the administration of the minority institutions. The bench has expanded the scope of minorities freedom to found and run institutions,by including cultural network and Christmas bonus as essential religious activities that shall be taken into account by the committee when it considers the matter afresh.
MGR varsity wants surgery removed from Indian med courses Chennai: The Tamil Nadu Dr MGR Medical University has urged the Union health ministry to remove the term surgery from degrees awarded to students of Indian medicine.In a letter to Union health minister Ghulam Nabi Azad on March 26,vice-chancellor Dr Mayil Vahanan Natarajan said no surgery was involved in Indian systems of medicine ayurveda,unani and siddha and homeopathy.When the term surgery is suffixed to each course it gives the wrong notion to the public that the person with the above qualification can perform surgeries, the letter said.In July 2011,the university passed a resolution in the governing council revising the syllabus for Indian medicine.Dr Natarajan said the university would remove surgery from the nomenclature of degrees awarded to students of Indian medicine so that they would only be bachelor of siddha/ unani / ayurveda/ homeopathy medicine and not bachelor of siddha unani/ ayurveda/ homeopathy medicine and surgery.On August 17,the Central Council of Indian Medicine threatened to withdraw recognition to the state medical university.Students boycotted classes as they feared their courses could become invalid.Following this,state health minister VS Vijay assured students and practitioners that the decisions had been withdrawn.The Indian Siddha Medical Graduates Association has written to Azad urging him to deny the universitys request.Association president Dr M Selvin Innocent Dhas alleged that the VC was stealthily trying to use offices of the minister to change degree titles.TNN
Court permits 10-25 % hike in school fund The bench said: When the committee formulated guidelines for determination of fees,at the time when the schools submitted their objections and materials,in our considered view,sufficient opportunity should have been given to the representatives of the schools.When the committee was to pass an order determining the fee having civil and criminal consequences,sufficient opportunity should have been given to the schools. Apart from the fee hike,the bench hearing the case has also permitted a hike in the school development fund by 10-25 % over original levels depending on the location of the school and its status as a minority institution.Schools within city limits are to levy 15% school development fund over the prescribed by the committee.In the case of schools in semi-urban /municipal areas,the hike will be 12.5%,and for schools in rural areas,10%.Catholic schools,however,are entitled to charge 25% extra school development fund irrespective of their location.For minority educational institutions run by Catholic dioceses and their various Congregations,keeping in view the 'Corporate Development Fund' maintained,it would be appropriate to allow 15% plus 10%,totalling 25%,as surplus for minority educational institutions irrespective of the location of the school, the bench ruled.Making it clear that these hikes are an interim arrangement,the court clarified that the benefits will be confined only to those 300-odd schools that had approached the court challenging the fee matrix proposed by Justice K Raviraja Pandian committee in June 2011.The court has also laid down exhaustive guidelines for the committee to follow while proposing a new fee matrix.
Candidates taking the exam will also be videographed
Make merit a must for MDS courses: HC TIMES NEWS NETWORK Chennai: Fourteen dental colleges offering MDS courses have been restrained by the Madras high court from admitting students except based on meritbased rank list published by the state medical university.A division bench of Justice D Murugesan and Justice K K Sasidharan granted the interim injunction on a public interest writ petition filed by Indian Dental Associations honorary state secretary Dr C Shivakumar.The bench has posted the matter to June 7 for further hearing.Noting that admission to PG dental courses shall be based only on a common entrance or merit list,Dr Shivakumar said that though the Tamil Nadu Dr MGR Medical University had already conducted a common entrance test and published a rank list too,several colleges were not following due and transparent admission system.Several members of the association will be adversely affected and denied of their chances to pursue higher education despite the eligibility /rank on merits,the petition said.He said that be it a self-financing,aided or unaided,minority or non-minority,or deemed university,institutions offering PG dental courses are governed by various Acts,Rules and Regulations including the UGC Act,the notifications of the HRD Ministry and the notifications /circulars of the Dental Council of India (DCI).Dr Shivakumar said the only credible way to determine merit was a competitive test or a common admission test.The admission in respect of MDS courses in government quota was common entrance test,which was widely publicised and was transparently conducted by the state medical university,in consonance with the notification of the DCI,the petitioner added.Expressing the associations apprehension of irregularities in admissions to PG courses during the coming academic year,the petitioner said colleges and institutions had been attempting to evade the due process of law and conduct the admissions in an unfair manner for ulterior reasons.Citing complaints received during the previous academic years,he further said the institutions had flouted laws,rules and regulations by conducting an admission process in a hurried,non-transparent and ulterior manner.