Sandeep Manohar

NO RECOGNITIONThe Engineering students from Hyderabad are already in a wretched condition due to the havoc created by the private engineering colleges. Apparently now it’s the turn of medical colleges to rub salt to the wounds. Prist University in Tamil Nadu, has allegedly failed to get UGC recognition, after having conducted medical entrance exams in Hyderabad.

P.Madhusudan Reddy, President of Government Junior Lecturer’s Association, said that on April 23rd this year, Prist University had conducted the medical entrance exam for more than one lakh students, charging Rs. 600  each. “The University made around Rupees six crore and most of the students who had taken  the exam were from Narayana Institutions. Shockingly the university is in the black list of UGC,” said Mr. Reddy.

In 2009,  Tandon committee was set up by the Human Resource Development Ministry to examine the institutions whose performance was not at par. A total of 41 institutions were blacklisted and eight universities were declared ‘unworthy’ of the deemed tag.

Although there was no official confirmation regarding the eight varsities on the chopping block, Prist University, is one among the varsities whose name is doing the rounds with other varsities  the case of which    arepending in the Supreme Court.

On this matter Reddy said,“It claims itself as a deemed university. I have no issues with that. But, when I questioned the university administration regarding their accreditation they said that it’s still in process. They would have waited till they  received the recognition approval from the UGC. What made  them to conduct the exam so early?”

Prist University counters all these allegations. M. Jawaharnath, Admissions in-charge of the Prist University says,“It’s not only our university that conducted the entrance exam, other institutions whose cases are still pending in the Supreme Court are also conducting the entrance exams”. K.V Srinivas who is also admissions in charge of the  university claims, “Our university is recognized by the UGC.”

While P. Srikanth, studying intermediate second year in Narayana Institute said that he was completely unaware of the university identity.  “We are told by our institution to write the exam, but I didn’t know this breakneck attitude behind the University”, he added.

Contoversies are thick and the legal  process is taking its own time while the future of the students are at stake.