Private medical colleges are opposed to any review of admissions at the moment saying that they were planning to send their management quota merit lists to NTR University of Health and Medical Sciences in Vijayawada for its approval.
"If the government suspected foul play in the admission process, it should have looked into the matter before the opening of the process. This is no time for a re-evaluation of admissions," said Laxman Rao, secretary of the consortium of private medical college managements.
Sources said that the governor's directive to the government calling for a second look at management quota admissions was based on proof of sale of seats submitted by NGO Save Merit Society. The NGO in question had earlier approached high court seeking a stay on admissions at this colleges. The case will come up for hearing on July 8.
"Several colleges in the state have sold their management quota seats at prices in excess of Rs 45 lakh. Some colleges have even charged Rs 1 crore for a five-year MBBS degree. We have been fighting against this practice," said VARK Prasad, the NGO's president. In its petition to the court, the complainant has mentioned 14 colleges which have allegedly been selling their seats at exorbitant rates.
Up to 40% of seats in medical colleges are marked for the management quota for which admissions are to be made on the basis of merit. The fee prescribed for management quota is Rs 5.5 lakh per annum for a course that lasts four years and six months.
As per GO 136, this fee should be collected in four instalments. "None of these rules are followed by private medical college managements," Prasad alleged.
Read About NTR University