The monitoring committee assigned to probe charges against some private engineering colleges in Tamil Nadu of levying capitation fees and excess fees has stumbled upon documents bearing code words during its raids on the colleges in Chennai.
Raids on colleges based in Tiruchi, Madurai, Coimbatore and Tirunelveli are due. So far, the committee carried out raids on self financing colleges in the state Chennai and those located in the vicinity of the state capital. The panel mainly concentrated on inspection of admission records.
These raids were necessitated by complaints (120 in number) to the Tamil Nadu State Council for Higher Education (TANSCHE) against colleges pouring in from across the state.
The five-member monitoring committee is formed by the State government on June 6.
Dr. A. Ramasamy, a member of the panel was quoted as saying: “We found that management quota admissions were made on a small paper, containing code words, which looks like a grocery sheet. Our committee will soon come to Madurai and Tirunelveli also.”
A member of the committee said the chits bearing code words are given to those students desirous to obtain seats in lieu of capitation fees. The deal would be struck at an administrative block located outside college premises.
The student is given the seat under management quota on producing the coded chit.