Sapthagiri medical college: A fraud on Kodava-speaking people?
A medical college in Bangalore set up under the category of Kodava minority institution has blatantly violated rules by admitting only one student from the Kodava-speaking community, though it is supposed to fill 66 per cent of all its seats with Kodava-speaking students for its MBBS course.
According to reports, the Sapthagiri Institute of Medical Sciences while claiming Kodava minority status, has admitted only one Kodava-speaking student during 2012-2013.
The blatant violation came to light during an inspection by a monitoring committee headed by former vice-chancellor of Kuvempu University P. Venkataramaiah.
Following the reported violation, the Karnataka government has decided to issue a show cause notice to the college and also threatened to withdraw the Kodava minority status.
It is said that a linguistic minority college has to earmark a fixed number of seats to students who hail from the community. The student should also have completed Class 10 or 12 in a school in Karnataka. If the college is unable to fill the seats with students who meet the criteria, it must surrender the remaining seats to the government, which will then be distributed through Common Entrance Test (CET).
It may be recalled the issue of the alleged violation by the Sapthagiri medical college had figured in the Karnataka Legislative Council.
The medical education minister Dr Sharanprakash Patil had said that it had come to his notice that certain linguistic minority colleges were not fulfilling the conditions laid down by the State in enrolling students, thereby violating their minority recognition status.
M C Nanaiah (JD-S) had stated that the Sapthagiri medical college, which had got recognition as a Kodava language minority college, had only one Kodava-speaking student and the rest were students speaking other languages.
Minister Patil replied that three members of the five-member management committee of the college had got certificates from the concerned tahsildar as belonging to the ‘Kodava-Gowda’ community.
Questioning the certificate issued by the tahsildar, Nanaiah noted that he had never heard of such a community, though he hailed from Kodagu. He appealed to the minister to initiate action against the tahsildar.
According to the official website of the Sapthagiri medical college located on Hesarghatta Road, the Sapthagiri group of institutions is the creation of Sri Srinivasa Educational & Charitable Trust, Bangalore. Besides, the trust also runs Sapthagiri College of Engineering and a four star hotel.
G. Dayanand is the founder chairman of Sapthagiri Institute of Medical Sciences. The other administrators of the Institute are Dr. C.M Ramesh, Dr.V.Jayanthi, Dr.B.R.Prakash, Dr Mohan N. Reddy, and Shivrame Gowda.
EDITOR’S VIEW: The action of the founders of the Sapthagiri Institute of Medical Sciences in setting up a minority institution in the name of the Kodava-speaking people, is a fraud on the Kodava community.
The Bangalore Kodava Samaja and the community leaders should take up the issue with the Medical Council of India and immediately lodge a police complaint against the college management for fraudulently claiming Kodava minority status and pocketing crores of rupees.
Action also needs to be taken against the concerned tashildar for giving false caste certificates to the founders of the medical college. The role of the politicians behind this racket must be exposed.