சில தனியார் பொறியியல், மருத்துவக் கல்லூரிகள் ஒன்று சேர்ந்து All India Medical and Engineering Colleges Association (AIMECA) என்ற அமைப்பைத் தோற்றுவித்துள்ளதாகத் தெரிகிறது.
இன்று தி ஹிந்துவில் வெளியான செய்தியின்படி, AIMECA, நவம்பர் மாதத்தில், பல தேசியச் செய்தித்தாள்களில் தாம் ஒரு பொறியியல், மருத்துவ நுழைவுத்தேர்வு நடத்த உள்ளதாகவும் அதில் கலந்துகொண்டால்தான் பல தனியார் மருத்துவ, பொறியியல் கல்லூரிகளில் சேரமுடியும் என்றும் விளம்பரம் கொடுத்ததாம். (என் கண்ணில் இந்த விளம்பரம் படவில்லை.)
இந்த விளம்பரத்தை எதிர்த்து சென்னையைச் சேர்ந்த வேல்'ஸ் காலேஜ் ஆஃப் பார்மசி, உச்ச நீதிமன்றத்தில் ஒரு வழக்கு தொடுத்ததாம். அந்த வழக்கின் இடைக்காலத் தீர்ப்பாக உச்ச நீதிமன்றம், தான் எந்தத் தனியார் அமைப்புக்கும் இப்படித் தனியாக நுழைவுத் தேர்வு நடத்த அனுமதி தரவில்லை என்றும் இதுபற்றிய ஒரு வழக்கு உச்ச நீதிமன்றத்தில் நிலுவையில் உள்ளது என்றும் அறிவித்துள்ளது. அத்துடன் மைய அரசை இந்தத் தீர்ப்பு பற்றிய தகவலை தூரதர்ஷன், பிற ஊடகங்கள் மூலம் பரவலாக மக்களிடம் கொண்டு சேர்க்கவேண்டும் என்றும் சொல்லியுள்ளது.
சற்று தோண்டிப் பார்த்ததில் AIMECA, அதன் தலைவர் TD நாயுடு ஆகியோர் பெரிய கில்லாடிகளாக இருப்பார்கள் போலத் தோன்றுகிறது. Hindustan Times - HT Horizons supplement, Wednesday 16 November 2005 இதுபற்றி ராதிகா சச்தேவ் என்பவர் எழுதிய செய்தி ஒன்று வெளியாகியுள்ளது. எனக்கு ஆன்லைன் சுட்டி கிடைக்கவில்லை. ஆனால் இந்த விஷயத்தின் முக்கியத்துவம் கருதி, அந்தக் கட்டுரையினை முழுதாக இங்கே வெளியிடுகிறேன்... இந்தக் கட்டுரை எனக்கு ஒரு மின்னஞ்சல் குழு மூலம் கிடைத்தது.
A seat in a medical college assured for Rs 30 lakh?
By Radhika Sachdev
Hindustan Times - HT Horizons supplement
Wednesday 16 November 2005
Registered under Societies Registration Act (Registration No.401) this Chennai-based entity, AIMECA-AICET claims affiliation with nearly 1500 medical and engineering colleges, but a probe by HT Horizons revealed that the entity may have no legal authority from several of these colleges to conduct an All India Test (AICET) in order to fill up their "management quota" as allowed under a recent Supreme Court judgement As we carried out our investigation, it opened up a can of worms and out tumbled names Hon. Supreme Court Justice (Retd) Venkatachelliah, former CBI Director D.R. Karthikeyan and Praveen H. Parekh, President, Supreme Court Bar Association, who, an AIMECA information booklet claims are on its advisory panel, along with several other prominent personalities.
It started with an advertisement released by Chennai based All India Medical and Engineering Colleges Association (AIMECA) about their forthcoming All India Common Entrance Test (AICET). The advertisement appeared in all the leading newspapers on November 9, for the exam that is slated for November 17.
One highly agitated parent, a Deputy Director with UPSC, Kuldeep Singh called up the HT Horizons office to register his protest. "How can you carry advertisements released by fraudulent organisations? I made inquiries on behalf of my daughter, who is a Class XII student and discovered that this organisation is completely duplicitous."
Discrete inquiries done from HT Horizons's Chennai Office revealed the following "facts" about AIMECA:
They claim an association with nearly 1500 colleges across the country but when asked to furnish a list, they could not Their information booklet does provide a list, but clarifies that this is "only a tentative list of colleges." When pressed for further proof, the administrative staff produced letters from colleges that had accepted to subscribe to the All India Common Entrance test.
HT's Chennai office checked up with a few colleges listed in and around Chennai, and they denied any links with AIMECA. AIMECA is however a registered association under Societies Registration Act (Registration No 401) It further turned out through discreet inquiries that AIMECA has fought and is currently fighting several litigations both with the Tamil Naidu Government and the AICTE in Delhi. A call to the AICTE office in Delhi confirmed that they do not recognise AIMECA. They are not listed on the AICTE website.
The AIMECA brochure also claims that it has several prominent members on its advisory panel, including Hon. Supreme Court Justice (Retd) Venkatachelliah and former CBI Director D.R. Karthikeyan.
Meanwhile, inquiries with other parents revealed that they had heard of AIMECA, but they were turned off by the evasive replies of the organisation's administrative staff. Interestingly, AIMECA also runs a branch office at C - 91 Shanker Road, New Rajender Nagar, New Delhi - 110 060 but no Delhi phone number was provided in the advertisement nor are they listed with MTNL.
A website www.aimeca.org, www.aicet.org is however mentioned. Another web link www.karnatakacet.com/aimeca-aicet-Results.html that extols the services provided by AIMECA gives a cell phone no and email ID of one M.A. Saeed (098450 54546, firstname.lastname@example.org).
HT Horizons called up Saeed as a decoy student and he demanded Rs 30,00,000 for a seat in either Mysore Medical College, Karnataka; or Bharatiya Vidyapeeth's Medical College, Pune, under the management quota. When told that the amount that he was demanding was very steep, Saeed said, "Rs 3.27 lakh is the college fee and the rest is the "cost" of the seat." Pressed further, he could not explain what he meant by this "cost" term, except to say that this is a "legal fee."
On inquiring if these two colleges have authorised AIMECA to recruit students under their management quota, Saeed said, "There is no authorisation, but we have our contacts." The procedure he said entailed taking the AICET exam conducted by AIMECA and "rest assured everything else will be arranged."
When asked if he could book us a seat in AIIMS instead, Saeed said, "No one in this country can promise you that!"
Later, we tried calling up T.D. Naidu, President, AIMECA (after securing the phone number from D.R. Karthikeyan's office in Delhi) but this turned out to be a defunct number. A physical verification of AIMECA's office in New Rajender Nagar led to the discovery that the address mentioned in the advertisement was that of a seedy hotel.
The hotel staff verified that a guest by the name of T.D. Naidu from Chennai does indeed book a room with them for a couple of days at a time, but expressed their displeasure at his using the hotel address on his business advertisements. "He comes with a briefcase, a few people come to meet him in the hotel and then he is gone," revealed a hotel staff.
Meanwhile, this correspondent managed to speak to ex-CBI Director D.R. Karthikeyan in Rome, who conceded that he knew T.D Naidu. "Naidu has been after my life, requesting me to join his advisory panel," but he hastened to add that, "Me and Justice Vekatachelliah have laid down certain conditions and norms for him to fulfil, such as the appointment of an ethical committee, a Board of Governors etc., in order to streamline the process of admissions to medical and engineering colleges. He should not have used our names on his publicity material. Please also speak to Justice Venkatachelliah in Bangalore about this issue," and hung up.
Justice Venkatachelliah said, "Praveen Parekh, President of the Supreme Court Bar Association introduced Naidu to me, as his client. The meeting was arranged at India Habitat Centre, New Delhi, two months ago. I advised Naidu to form an ethics committee and proposed the names of people, whom I thought should be put on this panel. It was an exploratory meeting and I did not charge Naidu any fee for this advice. I didn't even charge him anything for my three-day stay at IHC. I will speak to Parekh and ask him to get his client to delete my name from his advisory panel. I haven't known this gentleman for any length of time."
Praveen Parekh told HT Horizons that although he has been representing Naidu in the Supreme Court for the past year, he has not given Naidu any authority to use his name on his brochures. "A person comes to you and you take him as a bonafide client, without checking into his antecedents," he added. Parekh however agreed that he was "legal advisor" to AIMECA and that he had introduced Naidu to Justice Venkatachelliah.
Lastly, we contacted the two colleges named by Saeed: Mysore Medical College and Bhartiya Vidyapeeth Medical College in Pune.
Dr. D. Venkatesha, Principal of Mysore Medical College claimed he knew of no person by the name of T.D. Naidu, nor had he heard of any organisation by the name of AIMECA. "I joined this college two months ago, but I must tell you that this Naidu has no authority to promise anyone any seat in our medical college without our written consent."
Shivaji Rao Kadam, Pro VC of Bhartiya Vidyapeeth Medical College, Pune, who was in London, said, "I know Naidu. In fact everybody seems to know Naidu. But he and Saeed are mischievous fellows. If you want admission for anybody under the management quota, come straight to me. I will explain the procedure to you."
At the time of writing Naidu made three calls to this correspondent in half-an-hour spans. During the first call, he conceeded that Saeed was indeed his employee, but by the third call he had reversed his stand saying, "I don't know of anybody by the name of Saeed." He also mentioned that an entire list of colleges affiliated with AIMECA was filed with the Supreme Court. Now, if there were a few colleges who wanted to pull out of this agreement ---- such as Mysore Medical College --- he would have their names deleted from the list. He also hastened to clarify that, "Justice Venkatachelliah was in no way connected to AIMECA.."
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