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CBI turns the heat on Sri Sri’s medical college in Bangalore

December 22, 2010

Thanks to Kitapati for posting this.

Original source: http://in.news.yahoo.com/cbi-turns-the-heat-on-sri-sri%E2%80%99s-medical-college-in-bangalore.html

Spiritual guru Sri Sri Ravishankar established an ayurvedic medical college in Bangalore in 2004 to produce good physicians, scholars and teachers who could spread the knowledge of the ancient medicine system in the world.

Six years later, the Sri Sri College of Ayurvedic Science and Research finds itself under the CBI scanner for running the institution allegedly without adequate faculty strength, infrastructure, and an attached hospital.

The CBI has accused the college management of tampering documents to get permission from the Union health and family welfare ministry to start the ayurvedic college, which is run by the Sri Sri Ravishankar Vidya Mandir Trust. Gautam Chellaram, a shipping magnate, heads the seven- member trust.

The trust runs more than 100 educational institutions, from nursery schools to colleges offering postgraduate studies in management, journalism and ayurvedic medicine, across the country.

The Bangalore- based anti-corruption branch of the CBI registered a case two months ago against unknown officials of the college and the Central Council of Indian Medicine ( CCIM) on charges of cheating, corruption and collecting huge capitation fee from students.

The CBI’s Bangalore- based sleuths conducted a joint search with Union health ministry officials and found that the college continued to violate the government norms. CCIM had verified and approved the private institute despite the glaring shortcomings in terms of infrastructure and facilities.

College principal Sarveshwar Kar said: “ The CBI can level whatever charges they want. But we approached the Karnataka HC on October 26 and they have allowed us to admit the first batch.” However, the ministry’s

Ayush department’s official website shows the college has been barred from fresh admissions this year.

“There might be a little bit of lacunae since we are in a transition phase. Despite that, we are building a new hospital and another college campus with ultra modern facilities,” Kar said.

CBI said when the deputy director of Ayush, M. A. Kumar, came for a surprise check in August, he found the college had a built- up area of 20,000 sq ft, which was smaller than the stipulated single plot of 480,000 sq ft.

Also, the hospital runs from a semi- permanent structure on a rented area of 6,000 sq ft. This, too, contradicted the Indian Medicine Central Council (IMCC) Act of 1970 , which says that a 100- bed hospital — spread over 20,000 sq ft — should be in the same campus, and not 6 km away as in the case of this institution. On February 23, 2004, the Karnataka government’s health and family welfare department recommended granting affiliation to the college to start a graduation course in ayurvedic medicine for an initial batch of 50 students.

The recommendation came with a rider that the college should fulfil the conditions required to get the approval of the CCIM and seek affiliation from the Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences, Bangalore.

The sleuths have found out that the CCIM inspection team allegedly did not flag major shortcomings during their three consecutive visits to the college since 2008. The team did not point out that there were no documents to support ownership of a mandatory hospital and the teaching staff were only five against the stipulated requirement of 35 — a fact denied by the management. Though these violated the IMCC Act, the executive committee of the CCIM did not recommend to the Union health ministry that the college be banned from taking students, CBI sources alleged.

On August 4, 2004, the department of Ayush gave permission to conduct the first year studies at the college. The recognition of the graduate course till the final year examination was to be obtained subsequently as per the IMCC Act.

CBI sources said days after giving the go ahead, Ayush instructed the ayurvedic college to fulfil the guidelines and submit a compliance report by August 14, that same year. Instead of adhering to the directives, the college has been allegedly conducting classes for bachelor of ayurvedic medicine science taking in 50 students every year ( total 250) without meeting the CCIM requirements.

The CBI officers alleged the college has been taking capitation fees of ` 8 lakh to Rs 10 lakh under the management quota. Kar said the money is utilised for students’ benefit since the institution “ is not a profit- making body” and worked without support from the government.

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9 Comments
  1. Piranha permalink
    December 22, 2010 1:55 pm

    The second news item is regarding the Sri Sri University in Orissa. They got land for next to nothing.

    http://www.telegraphindia.com/1101219/jsp/orissa/story_13319452.jsp

    Bhubaneswar, Dec.18: After the political furore over the Vedanta University, another university, named after the Art of Living guru, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, seems to have run into trouble.

    The higher education department of the state government today sought government’s permission to stop the Sri Sri University’s move to enrol students barely two days after the guru met chief minister, Naveen Patnaik at the state secretariat. The state government has been equally keen on the project coming up at Naraj.

    However, the higher education department has objected to the university’s move to enrol students as it is yet to develop infrastructure for commencing academic activities.

    The university, which is yet to develop the required infrastructure on the 1859.970 acres of land at Naraj in Cuttack district, had recently issued an advertisement in a newspaper inviting application from students for the MBA course beginning July 2011. Higher education officials said the move violated the Univesity Act under which it was established.

    The advertisement which appeared last week asked the desirous students to send in their applications by February 28, for the course commencing from July 11. The cost of the application form is Rs 1,000.

    “We have issued a show cause notice to the university. It should make its stand on the issue clear. Now they would be required to put in an advertisement stating that the enrolment move has been withdrawn,” said secretary of higher education Madhu Sudan Padhi.

    The state government had signed an MoU with the Art of Living Foundation headed by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar on December 12, 2006, for the establishment of a university at Naraj in Cuttack district, about 35 km from here.

    Later, the government provided 1859.970 acres of land at a concessional rate. Though the actual cost of the land was around Rs 60 crore, it was given to the Art of Living Foundation at Rs 6 crore only. The state cabinet also waived Rs 80 lakh on account of rent and cess.

    According to the Act the Sri Sri Ravi Shankar Vidya Mandir Trust was to establish an endowment fund of Rs 5 crore for setting up the self-financed Sri Sri University. Officials said as per the Act, the varsity cannot begin the process of admission unless a high-power panel constituted by the government certifies the availability of land and necessary infrastructure including building, equipment and teaching staff are in place and the UGC Regulations, 2003, have been complied with.

    “In case of Sri Sri University, the high-power committee of the government is yet to visit the place and certify that the infrastructure is ready in accordance with the UGC norms. Hence the move to commence the admission process is illegal,” said an official of the higher education department.

    According to the its original plan, the University will enrol nearly 15,000 students and offer courses in management, law, administration, journalism, engineering, ayurvedic, vedic science and biotechnology.

    In this video, SSRS talks of Business Ethics !!!

  2. anonee permalink
    December 22, 2010 5:19 pm

    Ravi flouting all rules? So these are two seperate incidents, or they related?

  3. Peaceful Warrior permalink
    December 22, 2010 6:56 pm

    RS flouting rules is easy to believe. TN Seshan being the head of a university, which flouts rules and regulations is surprising. I guess RS was smart enough to rope in people with impeccable credibility to provide a modicum of respect. Say what you will of MMY, he never had these problems!!

  4. Piranha permalink
    December 23, 2010 12:30 am

    So these are two seperate incidents, or they related?

    Two different incidents, but still related to AOL mismanagement.

  5. Sincere Seeker permalink
    December 23, 2010 1:39 am

    Someone should contact the CBI and tell them about this blog and also lodge a complaint for Arvind Exports, while the topic on Ayurveda College is still hot.

  6. Abhilash Shastry permalink
    December 23, 2010 5:02 am

    “The university, which is yet to develop the required infrastructure on the 1859.970 acres of land at Naraj in Cuttack district, had recently issued an advertisement in a newspaper inviting application from students for the MBA course beginning July 2011. Higher education officials said the move violated the University Act under which it was established.”

    Higher education officials are talking rubbish. I wholeheartedly support SSRS attempts to start MBA course.

    Come on guys. SSRS is the most competent person to teach MBA course. The guy is a marketing genius. Imagine getting to learn marketing principles directly from SSRS…It would be once in several life times opportunity.

    • Piranha permalink
      December 26, 2010 4:04 pm

      > SSRS is the most competent person to teach MBA course.

      MBA = Masters in Breath Administration.

    • The Doctor permalink
      December 26, 2010 8:33 pm

      @Abilash,

      Generally I really do enjoy your sense of humour on this blog, however all joking aside, you really have made an excellent observation here: SSRS really IS a marketing genius in every possible respect.

      Through the very clever marketing techniques he employs, he has managed to convince what I would estimate to be maybe a couple of thousand individuals (no one has any idea what the real number is, but it is almost definitely considerably fewer than the various numbers which AoL claims as they can obviously never be trusted, and for that matter they are never consistent) not only to become teachers and work for him for free, but to also pay several thousand dollars to take the TTC before they are even allowed to do so.

      Once they have spent this initial sum of money on the TTC, each one of these individuals then becomes a revenue stream bringing him even more money over the course of their lifetimes as volunteers, in many cases in excess of hundreds of thousands of dollars. It’s a complete win-win, extremely low-risk setup on his part, and all he has to do is sit back and enjoy the profits, which are also substantial as the expenses are kept to a minimum.

      Aside from a few full time teachers who do receive some sort of an income, and I’m sure whatever income they receive they need to bring in more money to cover their salaries, as well as a small number of professional administrative staff who are employed by his organization(s), he doesn’t have to pay a single cent to any of his teachers.

      Furthermore, as he has managed to convince the governments of many countries that his organization is a charity, he is even allowed to take in all this money without paying any taxes! All he has to do is to show that AoL have sponsored a few token charity projects here and there, and spend a great deal of effort on PR to show that these projects are far greater in breadth and scope than the really are.

      CEO’s the world over really ought to study his methods and consider implementing some or all of the business model he employs, where possible. It does of course mean that they will need to operate in an unethical, unscupulous and sometimes downright immoral manner, however I’m sure there are some out there who have already adopted this modus operandi and so it won’t take a great deal for these individuals to implement his methods.

  7. Independent Observer permalink
    December 25, 2010 1:05 pm

    http://www.ayurworld.org/organizers/organising-committee.html

    Look at who all are the key note speakers are…..!!!

    At least 2 of them are on top of their chosen scam professions.

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