KNRUHS asks medical students to cough up Rs 3 lakh bond amount

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To deter students from leaving a medical or dental college midway , the Kaloji Narayana Rao University of Health Sciences(KNRUHS), which is conducting counselling on behalf of Telangana, is now demanding a bond of `3 lakh from students as an assurance that they will complete the course. According to officials, every year, 50% of the dental seats and, on an average, about 60 medical seats are blocked by students but later converted into management quota as they drop out. Meanwhile, in government colleges, these seats remain vacant as there is no provision of converting convenor quota seats into seats of other categories.

“We have observed that students are allotted seats and then they drop out. This is depriving other meritorious students of seats. Last year, out of 300 seats in BDS (Bachelor of Dental Surgery) courses in the state, nearly 180 students did not join college even after the classes started,” said B Karunakar Reddy , vice-chancellor, KNRUHS, adding that 16 of the 100 dental seats at the Govern ment Dental College too remained vacant last year due to the same reason.

Reddy further added that they faced the same problem while filling up post-graduate medical seats and cited it as the main reason for the bond amount being increased from the existing `1lakh to `3 lakh. “After the last phase of counselling, about 30 PG students paid `5 lakh each and left the course mid-way . So now, those deciding to opt out of the medical or dental degree course after securing an admission, will have to personally come and explain to the varsity their reasons for not continuing with the course. Only if the varsity is satisfied with the reason, can the students opt out,” Reddy said.

A varsity source, on condition of anonymity , also highlighted how a few private colleges pick candidates that they know have already secured seats in other states and make them give up these seats a day or two before the deadline so that they can convert them into management quota and make more money.

Colleges, on the other hand, said that increasing the bond amount will not make any difference as the candidates, who are ready to pay `1lakh, will not think twice about paying three times more.

“I don’t see how this is going to make any difference. The varsity is just taking money from students and doing business. Moreover, if someone feels that the managements of medical and dental colleges are using students to block seats, this bond amount will not be enough to prevent such practices as it is much less than what these colleges can rake in by converting these seats into other categories,” said Lakshmi Narasimha Rao, president, Telangana Private Medical College Association.