'Enterprising Students'...time to correct 'supply side' of education

India is a country desperately crying out for more Quality educational institutions run by the private sector. Many a commentator has written about the need to deregulate the Education sector and welcome investments from the outside. But the sector still remains heavily regulated with top government educational institutions maintaining the number of seats available at a constant level. This has resulted an exodus of students from India to other countries seeking quality higher education.

The scenario is so desperate the seats at premier educational institutions are auctioned. A report that appeared today in the TOI talks about Students auctioning medical seats and in the process making lakhs of rupees.

Write three entrance examinations, get three P-G medical seats. Choose one, auction the other two for lakhs of rupees. Students who are already studying in Chennai, Jaipur, Kolkata, Baroda medical colleges are holding on to two medical seats in Karnataka against the rules. With MD Radiology going for Rs 1 crore and MD Orthopaedic selling for Rs 80 lakh, it's big money for students. Sample this: A student who has chosen MD (general medicine) at a medical college in Baroda under the all-India quota in the 2007-08 admissions, has not surrendered his medical seat in Gulbarga. Ditto with a student who is already studying at Dibrugarh, Assam, but is clinging to a seat in Bijapur. With May 9 set as the last date for second-round of counselling for all-India quota to be completed, as per the Directorate General of Health services (Government of India schedule) students chose seats nearer home.


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