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Thursday, March 4, 2010

Higher Education only for higher classes

Dr. TMA Pai was the founder of Manipal Education Group. His son, Dr. Ramdas M Pai then took over the reins and made it into a purely commercial venture. Infact the Manipal Group controlled by the PAI family is considered to the Father of Capitation Fee System in India. In 1993 The Manipal Intuition became the first Commercial Institution to be granted status of deemed University in the Private Sector in India which led to opening of Gates for Commercial Players to become deemed Universities.

Dr. Ramdas Pai’s is also the Pro Chancellor of the Sikkim-Manipal University of Health, Medical & Technological Sciences, Gangtok, Sikkim, India’s Leading Private University.

The Manipal University has Campuses in Pokhara, Nepal, in Melaka, Malaysia and in Dubai, UAE which do not have approval from the University Grants Commission, Medical Council of India and The Government of India.

Mr. Kapil Sibal’s Relations with the Manipal Group
Mr. Kapil Sibal, the Union HRD Minister, is considered very close to the Manipal Group and has also represented the Manipal Group in many litigations before the High Court of Karnataka and The Supreme Court of India, advocating privatization of Higher Education.

Visit by the HRD Minister to the Unapproved Campus of Manipal University in Malasysia

Mr. Kapil Sibal, the Union HRD Minister who speaks a lots against the Deemed Universities in July 2009 did not miss the opportunity to take time off, visit and inaugurate the Sports Complex of Manipa Medical College in Melaka, a Constituent of Manipal Academy of Higher Education deemed University. It is to be noted that neither the government of India, nor the UGC has approved the off shore campus of Manipal University in Malaysia,. The Medical Council off India has also not withdrawn it’s recognition from the college due to it’s irregularities.

The Review Committee Formed by the Ministry of HRD Under the Chairmanship of Prof. P.N. Tandon
The name of Manipal Academy of Higher Education Deemed University has been cleared by the Review Committee Formed by the Ministry of HRD to review the Functioning of the Deemed University by P.N. Tondon Committee
Parameters which were Considered By the Review Committee:

Parameters Facts
Management: Family Owned (Pai Group)

Off Campus Centers: Highest Number of Off Campus Centres in India (Most of them Not approved by the UGC)

Off Shore Campus Outside the Country: In Nepal, Malasia and Dubai (Not Approved By the UGC and The medical Council of India)

Free Structure: One of the Highest Fee Charged by the Deemed University in the Country
The important question is why Manipal University was not considered for De recognition: Answer is Simple when your lawyer is the HRD Minister you don’t need anybody else.

Did the Review Committee Formed by the Ministry of HRD Under the Chairmanship of Prof. P.N. Tandon Gave Clearance to Manipal University Under Influence from the HRD Minister

Prof. P.N. Tandon was a Member of Adhoc Committee appointed by the Hon’ble Supreme Court look in to the issue of recognition of medical college.


The Executive Committee of the Medical Council of India held it’s meeting on 24th August, 2007 at 11.00 a.m. in the Council Office at Sector 8, Pocket 14, Dwarka, New Delhi-110 077 where the members of the Adhoc Committee appointed as per the Hon’ble Supreme Court including Prof. P.N Tandon were also present.
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At S.No 39 and 40 the case of Medical Colleges Under the Manipal University were considered. The Expert members of the Adhoc Committee appointed by the Hon’ble Supreme Court and of the Executive Committee of the Medical Council of India Made the following recommendations regarding the Medical Colleges :

“In view of above and as the deficiencies of teaching faculty, teaching beds, distribution of units, availability of paramedical staff and other infrastructure are still persisting, the members of the Adhoc Committee appointed by the Hon'ble Supreme Court and of the Executive Committee of the Council decided to reiterate its earlier decisions taken at its meeting held on 22.5.2002 and as approved by the General Body of the Council presided over by the Administrator at its meeting held on 27.8.2002 and by the Executive Committee on 02.12.2006 wherein the members of the Adhoc Committee appointed by the Hon’ble Supreme court were also present to recommend to the Central Government to initiate action u/s 19 of the Indian Medical Council Act,1956 for withdrawal of recognition of MBBS degree granted by Manipal Academy of Higher Education in respect of students being trained at Kasturba Medical College, Manipal and further decided to request the Central Government to recall the permission given by the Central Govt. vide letter dated 15.06.2007 to admit the students for MBBS course during the current academic year 2007-2008 and to direct the institute not to make any further admissions in the MBBS course for the academic year 2007-08. It was further decided to request the Central Government to direct the institute not to teach and train the students of Malekka Manipal Medical College, Malaysia unless evidence of creating additional facilities for training such students is submitted to the Central Government and prior permission of the Central Government is obtained for such an arrangement. “


When Prof. P.N. was a part of both the committees and was aware of the irregularities in the Manipal University, why was a go ahead given to the Manipal University, by the review Committee. The answer lies with the HRD Minister??

If Deemded Universities are selectively targeted to create space for Foreign Universities, answer again lies with HRD Minister?

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