The recent probe conducted by TOI-Times Now into the sale of medical seats in the state of Tamil Nadu has sent shock waves across the entire country. Officials of Shri Ramachandra University and Shree Balaji Medical College and Hospital, two supposedly deemed universities were caught on camera demanding “donation fees” thus, violating a Supreme Court ruling that was enforced to curb such apparent corruption in our education system.
What was even more disconcerting in this eye-opening scam was the involvement of one S.Jagathrakshakan, Union Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting and the usurious rates that were being quoted. And if you think that this was the end of the issue then you are highly mistaken! Further investigation revealed that post- graduate seats in medical cost not less than two core rupees in most private medical colleges. This in turn brings us to a very vital question, “Where then, should a meritorious student with limited means go?”
The corruption and red-tapism is much deeper than we can actually fathom. It is not just eating into our education system but if peremptory steps are not taken soon, we will reach a point from where it would be very difficult to recede.
I would want to question here, whether we as a part of an enlightened youth force want to leave our future in such unsafe hands, with such universities which run a terribly high risk of being de-affiliated sooner or later. Isn’t it high time that we arise from our sweet slumber and fight for what is rightfully ours’? How many of us have actually undergone the ignominy of words like “management quota” and “back -door entry” being thrown at our faces, mocking our efforts but still we have turned a nonchalant eye. What have we actually done to correct the inherent flaws in our system?
There has always been a huge hue and cry in the country about “brain-drain.” But why should we reprehend a student who wishes to avail of better resources abroad when his own country is helpless to provide him with quality education? Aren’t we in a way giving impetus to a vicious cycle that we so condemn?
There is not one single person responsible for this but the system as a whole needs to be made more transparent and student- friendly. Strict regulations should be in place to curb this “money minting business” that has become so rampant in our education system. UGC status should be accorded only to those universities which fulfil the minimum basic criteria and any university which flouts the norms should be de-recognized immediately. Then and only then can we envision a better future for our country.