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The Statesman

MCI nixes renewal of 450 medical seats citing poor infrastructure
11 March

Kolkata, In a major blow to medical education in West Bengal, the Medical Council of India (MCI) has recommended to the central government that permission to 450 undergraduate medical seats in various medical colleges in the state may not be renewed for the want of infrastructure. Permitted seats are those against which the medical colleges need to take permission from the MCI every year.

The medical colleges were repeatedly asked to fulfil the deficiencies of infrastructure for admitting candidates in those permitted seats but the college authorities have failed to meet those parameters framed by the regulating body.

The decision was taken in the executive committee meeting of the MCI in Delhi last month after the medical colleges had failed to file a compliance report of infrastructure upgradation within the stipulated time frame by the highest medical regulating body.

Among the 450 undergraduate seats, the Bankura Sammilani Medical College in Bankura will lose 50 MBBS seats, College of Medicine and JNM Hospital Kalyani 100 MBBS seats, ESIC Medical College Joka 100 MBBS seats, Burdwan Medical College 50 MBBS seats and IQ City Medical College in Burdwan 150 seats for the academic year 2015-16.   In an executive committee meeting in December 2014, the MCI had decided to cancel 100 MBBS permitted seats each in Malda Medical College, Murshidabad Medical College and ICARE Institute of Medical Sciences & Research, Haldia due to lack of infrastructure.

The state government may lose 345 more undergraduate medical seats as various state run medical colleges in the city and in districts are yet to put up the required infrastructure as prescribed by the MCI for admitting candidates in the permitted seats.

These medical colleges were already issued an ultimatum to put in place the required infrastructure for the smooth running of the permitted seats.

MCI had threatened the Calcutta Medical College and Hospital to cancel 95 permitted seats. As many as 100 MBBS seats in NRS Medical College and Hospital, 50 seats each in RG Kar Medical College and Hospital, Midnapore Medical College and Hospital and North Bengal Medical College and Hospital were also threatened with derecognition by the MCI should they fail to file a compliance report within the stipulated

Time. Dr A. K. Maity, the director of Dr Maity Educational and Medical Research Institute in Kolkata, said: “The state government must wake up and fill up the infrastructural deficiencies to save these medical seats. It will affect the medical education and health services in the state if these permitted seats were cancelled.”

Dr Malay Kumar Dey, principal secretary of the state health department said, “This was not a very serious issue. We will do the needful in this regard.”

TIMES OF INDIA

West Bengal set to lose 500 medical seats

Saibal Gupta,TNN | Feb 19, 2015,

KOLKATA: The Medical Council of India is likely to recommend de-recognition of two medical colleges. It will also not allow renewal of permission for increased student intake in two more medical colleges.

The cancellations, along with the closure of ESI Medical College at Joka, will lead to reduction of about 500 MBBS seats.

In an executive committee meeting on November 20, the MCI found that two medical colleges — Midnapore Medical College and North Bengal Medical College — lacked infrastructure. These two colleges were asked to file a compliance report of infrastructure upgrade within three months. Midnapore Medical College has 100 seats while the one in North Bengal can enroll 150 students.

MCI also found that two other colleges — Nil Ratan Sircar and R G Kar — failed to upgrade their infrastructure.

The upgrade was necessary because both the colleges increased their student intake from 150 to 200 and from 150 to 250 respectively four years ago.

“The condition of all the four colleges is pathetic and it is impossible for the MCI to allow them to continue with MBBS courses unless they upgrade their infrastructure,” an MCI official said.

Though the deadline of the three months will end on February 20, the colleges at Midnapore and North Bengal are yet to submit the compliance report. “We have met most of the requirements that MCI sought and we will shortly send a compliance report,” said principal of Midnapore Medical College Tamal Kanti Ghosh.

The city’s two medical colleges — R G Kar and NRS — have already submitted the compliance reports, but according to the MCI sources, the report is not satisfactory.

“Lots of things are yet to be done and we want those things to be done in time,” said another MCI official.

MCI report mentions that most of the colleges do not have a modern operation theatre, adequate number of lecture theatres and a proper library. There is also a huge vacancy of teachers. “The state government never realized the importance of infrastructure of medical colleges. Now, MCI has become strict and if the government doesn’t understand this, the students will suffer a lot,” said Joint Entrance Examination (medical) expert Amiya Kumar Maity.

TIMES OF INDIA

MCI disqualifies 72 medical students

                                                              Jan 21, 2015

NOW: The Medical Council of India (MCI) has disqualified 72 students who had taken admission to the MBBS course run by the Integral University Lucknow. The council said the students, who are enrolled in university’s Integral Institute of Medical Science and Research had scored less than 50% marks in CPMT. The university has challenged the decision in the court as well as health ministry.

Institute’s dean Prof Faruqueddin Ahmed said “We had taken the percentile as a point of review, which was followed by MCI till 2013. We had also sent the all the information related to admission and students in October 2013. However, the MCI has now raised the issue after one and a half years when the students are in their third semester preparing for their exams by February end. The MCI should have given us a chance to explain before taking such a drastic step.”

Students said that their classes are running but uncertainty looms over our future. Both students and the institute have filed petitions in the court which will come up for hearing in next few days.

Medical Council of India planning to introduce qualifying exam for NRIs

Vishav Bharti, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh

Updated: Jan 21, 2015 04:34 IST

 The Medical Council of India (MCI) is mulling to make it mandatory for Non-Resident Indians (NRI) and foreign national candidates to qualify in the All India Pre-Medical Test (AIPMT) or the state examinations for admission to MBBS and BDS courses.

Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector-32 (GMCH-32) and the medical colleges in Haryana admit NRI and foreign national candidates without any qualifying examination.

Medical aspirants and their parents have been demanding that the NRIs who seek admission to medical colleges in India for MBBS course must go through the AIPMT or state examinations and obtain marks above the specified cut-off of 50%. They have been demanding that no state should be allowed to admit NRIs into medical colleges based only on the marks obtained in the 12th Board exam of their country.

Chandigarh-based PMT trainer Dr Arvind Goyal had given a representation to the MCI, seeking to make it mandatory for NRIs to qualify in the AIPMT to get admission into MBBS in medical colleges.

In response to his representation, the MCI informed him that the matter was placed before the chairman of the MCI and it was being examined by the council. “Qualifying in the competitive entrance examination is a must so as to achieve a uniform evaluation, as there may be significant variation of standards at qualifying examinations conducted by different agencies and different countries. There must be a uniform entrance exam which all MBBS aspirants, including NRIs, should qualify and only then they should be able to gain entry into MBBS based on the merit of the exam,” Dr Goyal said in his representation.

So far, GMCH-32 has been admitting NRI candidates on the basis of their Class 12 marks. In the last session, the college had six seats reserved for NRI candidates. For the session 2015-16, the number of NRI seats is yet to be decided. The college is also planning to make it mandatory for NRI candidates to qualify in the entrance examination.
If the NRI seats remain vacant, the seats will go to the general pool from where they will be distributed among different categories as per the roster. In Punjab, in the last session, only three such candidates could qualify in the AIPMT against around 100 MBBS seats.

The Statesman

                                                                   22 Jan 2015

MCI threatens to recommend derecognition of medical courses in two colleges

           Pradip Chatterjee  pchatterjee@thestatesman.net  Kolkata, 21 January
Medical Council of India (MCI) has decided to recommend to the Central government to derecognize undergraduate medical courses in Midnapore Medical College and Hospital(MMCH) and North Bengal Medical College and Hospital(NBMCH) if the college authorities fail to put up required infrastructure within February this year.
The MCI has taken the decision in its executive committee meeting recently after the two college authorities had repeatedly failed to fulfill the requirements of infrastructure as prescribed by the MCI. The two medical colleges will not be able to admit undergraduate students for 2015-16 academic years if the union health ministry derecognizes the courses. MCI will not recognise the degrees of the MBBS students who have currently been studying in various batches in two medical colleges. Many other medical colleges in the state are on the line of fire.
MCI had asked the colleges to submit the compliance of rectification stating that they have fulfilled the deficiencies in the infrastructure of the colleges, earlier pointed out by the MCI within February this year. After considering the compliance verification assessment report following the inspection of the two state run medical colleges the Executive Committee of the MCI has pointed out the lack of infrastructure which the two colleges had failed to put in place.
Senior MCI officials on their visit to North Bengal Medical College found that there was no Lecture theatre in the hospital and no facilities of E class. Paediatrics OPD has only 2 cubicles against the requirement of 4. Average Bed Occupancy is 111 % which indicates floor beds on regular basis which is not desirable. There are 16 tables in 10 O.T.s indicating more than 1 table in several O.T.s which flouts the norms. There are only 2 mobile X-ray units available against requirement of 6. Audiometry & Speech Therapy are not available. In anatomy department the number of mounted specimens in the museum is only 100 which are inadequate.
In Midnapore Medical College Resuscitation equipment like Ventilator, defibrillators are not available in casualty. ICU, MICU, RICU are not available. Only 3 mobile X-ray units are available against requirement of 6. Only 4 static X-ray units are available against requirement of 5. No lecture theater is available in the hospital. Total paramedical staff available is 121 against requirement of 179. Accommodation for students is available for 303 students against the requirement of 375 as per Regulations. Radiological investigation workload is less.
No special investigations are performed. Histopathology workload is inadequate with daily average standing on 10.
There are presently 100 undergraduate seats for each year in the Midnapore Medical College and 150 undergraduate seats in the North Bengal Medical College.

The Statesman       

Four students admitted to MBBS course in Haldia without counselling

08 Jan 2015 Pradip Chatterjee  pchatterjee@thestatesman.net

Four students  have been admitted  to MBBS course in ICARE Institute of Medical Sciences and Research, Haldia in 2014-15 academic years  though their names did not  appear  in any of the four rounds of counselling conducted by the West Bengal Medical Counseling Committee (WBMCC)
The Union Health Ministry has directed the Medical Council of India (MCI) to investigate  the matter and  submit a report. It may be mentioned that MCI has been investigating the alleged fudging of marks in the state joint entrance medical examination. MCI has sought information from the state government on how these four candidates  secured admission in a private medical college without taking part in any round of counselling.
The names of these four candidates are Debasish Ghosh, Shreya Dutta, Subha Maity, Titas Bagchi. Debasish had secured 3615 rank in the West Bengal Joint Entrance Examination Medical published on 5 June 2014, while Shreya ranked 3229, Subha 2619 and Titas 1918 in the same examination. These candidates did not take part in any round of counselling. The last student who was selected in the 4 or Mop-up round of counseling for ICARE Institute of Medical Science and Research had a rank of 1767.
It has been observed that four candidates with the ranks of 1649, 1657, 1745 and 1754 who were allotted for taking admission to the ICARE Institute of Medical Sciences and Research on 4 round or Mop-up round of counselling did not take admission in this medical college till 29 September. According to MCI guideline 30 September is the last date of admission in any academic year.
No students were supposed to have been admitted on 30 September it being a holiday on the occasion of Durga Puja.
The question here arises why these four candidates who were not called for any round of counselling by the WBMCC had been given admission to this private medical college. This medical college has 100 seats among which 33 seats are for those who qualify in the state joint entrance examination under the state quota seats. These four candidates whose admission is in question have been accommodated in the state quota seats. The rest number of seats is reserved for NRI and management quota.
The question also arises how the WBMCC which conducted all the counselling allowed the admission of these four candidates in this medical college. How could the West Bengal University of Health Sciences, the controller of which was a part of the WBMCC, provide the registration of the four candidates. It is not clear whether any verbal instruction was given to the college authorities by the WBMCC.
Senior officials of the ICARE Institute of Medical Science and Research were not available for comment.

Hindustan Times

                                            5 Dec 2014

                 State’s clarification fails to impress MCI officials

The state government’s clarifications on the alleged fudging of marks in the West Bengal Joint Entrance Exam (WBJEE) in MBBS course could not satisfy the Medical Council of India (MCI) officials in Delhi on Thursday.

MCI has decided to strictly verify the documents produced by two top officials, professor Bhaskar Gupta, chairman of the WBJEE board and Dr Susanta Banerjee, director of medical education (DME), before the council’s president, secretary and other senior members.

Following a complaint, MCI summoned Gupta and Banerjee to appear on Thursday, seeking clarifications on the allegations of increasing marks of several students in the WBJEE to ensure their admissions to different medical colleges in Bengal.

It also asked them to produce all four sets of questions papers of WBJEE, 2014 for all subjects, frozen answer keys, optical mark recognition (OMG) and response sheets of all the joint entrance exam pass candidates before the council’s chairman in charge of grievance cell.

“Our concerned committee looking into the issue will thoroughly check the papers because the allegations of fudging marks in the medical entrance is very serious,” Dr Jayshreeben Mehta, MCI president, told HT from Delhi.

“They have produced all documents what we wanted for earlier. We will strictly verify all these papers to probe the allegations. Right now we can’t say whether we are satisfied with their clarifications along with the papers,” Dr Ajay Kumar, member of the MCI executive committee, told HT over phone after the meeting.

“We have showed all documents and also clarified them everything. Our documents prove that we done nothing wrong. They are also satisfied with us,” Gupta said.

On December 27, Reena Nyar, MCI secretary, wrote to Banerjee and Gupta asking them to produce the documents The MCI swung into action on the basis of the allegations. It has also threatened to take stern action if the allegations of fudging marks in the WBJEE are proved true.

As per the allegations, the health department led by the chief minister along with WBJEE board had increased the marks of candidates who failed to secure the minimum eligibility marks in the examination and ensured their admissions in various medical colleges. This year the number of students qualified for admission to medical and dental colleges fell far short of 2,850 seats in 13 state-run medical colleges.

The joint entrance board uploaded the answer key for stipulated question papers of the exam and OMR and response sheets of all the examinees in the website this year

                                         Online medical counselling flouted govt order

Sat, 6 Dec

                                                   Pradip Chatterjee pchatterjee@thestatesman.net

Various stages of online counseling for the admission of undergraduate medical and dental students in 2014 under the state quota seats were conducted allegedly flouting a government order.

In an order issued by the MERT branch of the Department of Health and Family Welfare, West Bengal dated 4 April 2013, West Bengal Medical Counseling Committee (WBMCC) was constituted. In the order the committee was asked to hold the online counseling of undergraduate medical and dental students.
WBMCC was also directed to hold counseling in collaboration with West Bengal University of Health Sciences(WBUHS) and National Informatics Centre(NIC). WBMCC was however, assigned to prepare terms and conditions of online counseling in the state quota seats, to hold meeting with the representatives of WBUHS and NIC and to form the guidelines of the “system requirement study” (SRS) for online counseling.  It was  also asked co-ordinate with the principals/directors of Medical teaching institutions and NIC for the counseling in the two streams of studies and also with the West Bengal Medical Counseling Technical Core Committee (WBMCTCC) which has four members.

WBMCTCC was also instructed to look after the information technology related issues of the counseling. But it has been seen that the Director of Medical Education who was not in the WBMCC committee had issued notifications for the admission of the students in MBBS and Dental courses in West Bengal. Some retired officials of the state government said that a person who is not a part of the committee cannot issue a notification in this regard.

Incidentally it may be mentioned that state health department and the West Bengal Joint Entrance Board have been accused of increasing marks of many medical students, some of whom have failed to secure minimum qualifying marks. The Medical Council of India (MCI) is carrying out an investigation into the matter on the instruction of the Union health ministry. The Statesman first reported about the fudging of marks in the medical entrance examination. When contacted the special secretary MERT and the chairman of WBMCC, Dr Parthajit Banerjee, however, refused to comment.

The statesman

9 Dec

                                             MCI meet on marks-faking on 16 Dec
The Ethics Committee of   Medical Council of India (MCI) which has been scrutinizing and verifying the documents submitted to MCI by the state government officials in connection with the alleged fudging of marks in the medical entrance examination in West Bengal will hold a meeting on 16 December with all its findings and submit a report to the Grievance cell.
MCI will finally submit the report to the Union Health Ministry which had earlier directed the highest regulating body to carry out an investigation into the marks goof-up in the medical entrance examination. A complaint was lodged with the Union Health Ministry and the MCI alleging that the state government’s departments increased the marks of more than 600 candidates to ensure their seats in various medical colleges after they failed to secure minimum qualifying marks in the entrance examination. The Statesman first reported about the matter.
Incidentally it may be mentioned that after being summoned by the MCI, the Director of Medical Education (DME) in West Bengal went to its office in Delhi to produce the necessary documents sought from him by the MCI.
The Ethics committee is thoroughly investigating the OMR (Optical Mark Recognition) sheets of the candidates, their response sheets, four sets of question papers, frozen answer keys and other documents relating to the procedure of the selection of candidates. The MCI is not only probing the marks fudging issue of the candidates but also looking into all possible angles behind this alleged “admission scam” which might well jeopardize the future of many candidates.
If the allegation proves to be true, the MCI will cancel the admission of candidates failing to secure minimum qualifying marks as the admissions were made flouting MCI rules. In last year admission of around 90 post graduate students in the state were cancelled as the process flouted a key rule framed by the MCI.
An ex-official with much knowledge about medical admission process in West Bengal feel that there are some irregularities in the distribution marks as it is evident after the Grievance cell of MCI has sent the documents to the Ethics committee for verifications. “There could be more irregularities in the distribution of marks rather than what seems to be a mere case of fudging of marks of the failed candidates,” the ex-official alleged.
A member of the Ethics committee of MCI said: “A meeting will be held on 16 December to discuss the matter with the other committees after the completion of the scrutiny. A decision will also be taken about the next course of action.”

The statesman

Bengal govt ‘fudges’ med entrance marks

20 Nov.

                          Pradip Chatterjee  pchatterjee@thestatesman.net

As many as 317 general category and 360 reserved category students in the state’s medical colleges failed to secure minimum qualifying marks in the entrance examination this year. But two state government departments are accused of increasing their marks to ensure that they were admitted.
The Medical Council of India, which has received a complaint detailing this jugglery with numbers, has confirmed that action will be taken. But the state government seems unconcerned about the marks fiasco which might well jeopardise the future of the students.
The West Bengal Health and Family Welfare Department and the West Bengal Joint Entrance Examination (WBJEE) Board are alleged to have increased the marks of candidates in the West Bengal Joint Entrance Examination.
The complaint lodged with the Medical Council of India (MCI), the highest regulating body, and the Union health minister alleges that there were disparities in the marks obtained by the candidates in JEE and the marks that were submitted to MCI by the
colleges.
The report submitted to MCI by medical colleges shows that marks of those candidates who had obtained the qualifying marks and those who had not were both increased. It is alleged that all students admitted to the Bachelor of Dental Sciences (BDS) course had failed the entrance examination.
Till last year, all medical colleges had to submit a hard copy of results to MCI giving details of marks of the successful candidates. But this year MCI had asked the state health department and medical colleges to submit the marks online by 15 October, and to also submit a hard copy signed by principals of the colleges. Accordingly all the colleges sent their lists to MCI. And this is where the inflation of marks was detected.
Some examples are revealing.
The OMR (Optical Mark Recognition) and response sheet of a student at the Murshidabad Medical College show that he secured 129.33 of a total 243 marks. But the report sent to MCI by the college shows that he got 161 marks.
General Category students ranking between 2024 and 2092 are shown in the report submitted to MCI by colleges as all having got 151 marks. But OMR sheets of some of these candidates show that they actually got only 115 marks. The pass mark for general category students is 122 (50 per cent of the total 243 marks).
It was alleged that 317 general category students having ranks from 1450 to 1767 and now studying MBBS in different medical colleges had failed to obtain the qualifying 122 marks. As many as 360 candidates under reserved category who ranked between 230 (general ranking 3400) and 590 had scored below 98 in aggregate, that is less than 40 per cent of the total marks, a pre-requisite for admission.
On the basis of the rules framed by the Medical Council of India, WBJEE Board in its notification on 23 March 2014 had said that general category students wishing to study medical or dental courses had to secure at least 50 per cent marks while the candidates under reserved categories had to obtain minimum 40 per cent marks.
The Board announced results of the examination on 5 June and published a rank-list of 4,433 successful candidates for medicine.
After conducting the examination, WBJEE Board sends the detailed account of the marks of candidates to the West Bengal Medical Counselling Committee (WBMCC) formed by the state family welfare department. WBMCC then sends the marks of candidates to respective colleges. And finally the principal of the medical colleges submits a report to the MCI.
Dr Jayshreeben Mehta, President of the Medical Council of India said: “We have received the complaint. We are looking into the matter. Action will be taken.” MCI, it will be recalled, had cancelled admission of some 90 post-graduate students in the state in 2013, as the selection process flouted a key rule framed by it.
Dr Sajal Biswas, General Secretary of Service Doctors Forum, a voluntary organisation of doctors, demanded a high-level enquiry into the incident.
When asked about the matter on telephone, Minister of state for Health, Ms Chandrima Bhattacharya said: “I will not answer any of your queries as the assembly is in session now.”
The Principal Secretary (Health), Mr Malay Kumar De, when contacted, said he needed some time to look into the matter. But over the next two days, he refused to take any calls from The Statesman.

The statesman

CMCH principal ‘post office’

             Pradip Chatterjee  pchatterjee@thestatesman.net   21 November

Four first year students in the MBBS course at Calcutta Medical College and Hospital (CMCH) under general category had obtained 93.66 marks out of 94 in Biological Science in the West Bengal Joint Entrance Examination which seems impossible, as the distribution of marks does not allow this.
The CMCH authorities sent a report to the Medical Council of India giving a detailed account of the marks that students had secured in the entrance examination. The report shows that only around .33 marks (1/3rd) were deducted in biological science.
Prof. Tapan Kumar Lahiri, principal of CMCH, said that the marks in question, which the college authorities had sent to the MCI, were received from the West Bengal Joint Entrance Exam (WBJEE) Board. “I am a post office and I simply sign the documents that had been sent to me and I do not have any time to check the marks obtained by individual candidates.”
Denying Prof Lahiri’s statement,  Mr Bhaskar Gupta, WBJEE Board chairman, however, claimed that they have never submitted the account of marks directly to the colleges.
The account of candidates’ marks was sent to the state health department, Mr Gupta said.
The Statesman on Thursday reported that there were disparities in the marks obtained by the candidates in JEE and the marks that were submitted to MCI by the colleges. The West Bengal Health and Family Welfare department and the West Bengal Joint Entrance Examination (WBJEE) Board are alleged to have increased the marks of candidates in the report submitted to MCI that has already received a complaint on this.
The distribution of marks in the Biological Science prescribed by the WBJEE Board for this year entrance examination was in three categories. Category I had 60 questions carrying one mark each for which only one option is correct. One wrong answer leads to the deduction of 1/3 mark (.33) along with one mark of the question.
Therefore, 1.33 marks will be deducted if the answer is wrong. In category II, there are 15 questions carrying two marks each for which only one option is correct. For one wrong answer 2/3 mark (.66/.67) will be deducted along with two marks.
In the III category, there are five questions carrying two marks each, for which one or more than one option may be correct. Making correct options will contribute maximum two marks on pro rata basis. There will be no negative marking for these questions. However, any marking of wrong option will award zero mark against the respective question- irrespective of the number of correct options marked.
In any possible cases .66 mark can be deducted here in this category.
So if there is at least one mistake a candidate loses .66 mark. There are no possibilities of deducting .33 marks in any case. If a candidate does not make any mistake he/she will get 94 out of 94.
Medical fraternity in the city have criticised the incident. Dr S Mukherjee, a renowned medicine doctor said: “How can government departments be so irresponsible that so many irregularities have been found in the distribution of marks in the prestigious medical entrance examination.
Dr S Mulla, a post graduate student said: “Last year the MCI cancelled admission of around 90 students who inducted flouting a key rule framed by the MCI. The government should constitute a high level committee to probe into the incident.”
                                                                        The statesman

Med. Scam: MCI seeks papers

23Nov. 2014

 The Medical Council of India, which is investigating the alleged fudging of marks in the West Bengal medical entrance exam, has sought all documents relating to procedures for conducting the exam and the marks obtained by the candidates.

The move follows publication of reports in The Statesman on 20-21 November on how the marks of medical entrance candidates, submitted to the MCI by medical colleges, have been fudged. A complaint was also lodged with the MCI in this regard. It has been learnt from sources that the original OMR (Optical Mark Recognition) sheets of the candidates, their response sheets, four sets of question papers, frozen answer keys and other related documents have been sought. The grievance cell of the MCI will scrutinise the documents. The state health department has been asked to provide the necessary documents.
                  Dr Jayshreeben Mehta, the president of the MCI, said: “We have written a letter to the state government seeking all information related to the matter. Our grievance cell will examine the documents. Strong action will be taken if anybody is found guilty.” Dr Surjya Kanta Mishra, Leader of the Opposition in the Assembly, held a press conference outside the House yesterday and protested against the alleged fudging of marks, in which various state government departments were involved. Dr Mishra told The Statesman today that the Centre should investigate the matter properly and those who were involved in the incident of marks fudging must be punished.
Ever since the reports were published in The Statesman, the West Bengal Health and Family Welfare Department, the West Bengal Joint Entrance Examination Board and the principals of the medical colleges started blaming each other. The health department says it has nothing to do with the distribution of marks while the WBJEE board maintains that the marks obtained by the candidates were submitted to the Health Department. The principals of the medical colleges have been saying that they have only forwarded to the MCI the marks they have received.
A senior official of the MCI, on condition of anonymity, today said that admissions of those found to have failed to secure the minimum marks in the entrance examination will be cancelled.
The complaint that has been lodged with the MCI said 600 medical applicants who have been admitted to various medical colleges were found to have failed to secure the qualifying marks. The MCI can take steps against medical college authorities for furnishing false information. Last year the MCI had cancelled the admissions of 90 PG students for flouting a key rule.

                                    The statesman

Wbjee lacked transparency’

                                                24 November

  The West Bengal Joint Entrance Examination (WBJEE) Board did not maintain transparency in the procedure of selecting candidates for the medical courses this year and all the norms were not properly followed, alleged some former board officials.

A retired senior official of the board raised the question why the WBJEE board does not provide the information of all the successful candidates securing ranks in the entrance examination on the internet.
At present, a candidate securing rank can only see his ranks and marks he/she had secured, and the rank list of all the candidates cannot be accessed by an individual.
But in case of other entrance examinations conducted by the same board for Veterinary, Homeopathy and Ayurveda it makes information of all the candidates available on the internet. Here, an invidual can see the entire rank list.
It has been alleged that this year, 2/3 members of the board were not present during the meeting held before the publication of the result of the entrance examination. “How can the WBJEE board clear the candidates who have failed to secure the minimum eligibility of marks in the entrance examination,” a retired board official asked.
It has also been learnt that till a few years ago the WBJEE board did not submit the list of marks of the candidates to the state health department.
The question is also raised as why the board has sent the details of the rankers to the state health department only after it has become a statutory body recently.

The Times of India

MCI writes to state on marks goof

Nov 26, 2014

KOLKATA: The career of about 1,000 medical students is in jeopardy following the allegation that the government has increased marks of several students to ensure their admission to various medical colleges of the state.

The Medical Council of India has written to the state government and promised to take action if the discrepancy is proved.

A complaint lodged with the highest regulating body on November 17, 2014, states that the the West Bengal health and family welfare department and the West Bengal Joint Entrance Examination (WBJEE) Board have allegedly increased the marks of the candidates as the number of students qualified for admission to medical and dental colleges fell far short of the 2,850 seats.

“We have taken cognizance of the matter and have written a letter to the state government. We will take strong action if this is proved and if anybody is found guilty,” said Medical Council of India president Jayshreeben Mehta.

This year, the WBJEE board uploaded the answer key for stipulated question papers of WBJEE 2014 and also the optical mark recognition(OMR) and response sheets of all the examinees in the website. So, all the examinees had got the access to their own OMR and response sheets for the said examination and what marks he or she secured in the particular subject.

The reports submitted to MCI by colleges showed that some students secured 151 marks, while they actually got only 115. The pass mark for general category students is 122 (50 per cent of the total 243 marks), mentioned the complaint.

Citing example of students getting admitted to Calcutta Medical College, it has been said that five candidates have been given 93.66 in biology, which is absurd. The complainant alleged that as many 600 students in MMBS course and another 308 students admitted in dental course have failed and they have been given an additional number of 36 to facilitate their entry.

Director of medical education Sushanta Banerjee, however, strongly denied the allegation.

Speaking to TOI, Banerjee said, “People are unnecessarily making this an issue. If the MCI seeks a clarification, we will provide all the details. Everything was done online and there was no way we can fudge or increase the marks, ”

Chairman of WBJEE board Bhaskar Gupta denied receiving any letter from the MCI and said, “If the MCI seeks any information, we will definitely provide. There is nothing to hide”.

“We have received the numbers from the health department. There might be one or two typing errors, but that can be rectified. We have nothing else to do. If the MCI seeks the number details, we will send it again,” said principal of Calcutta Medical College Tapan Lahiri.

“The complaint has some details which is really striking and we want to know the actual facts and the state government will have to provide us the details,” said an MCI official.

Minister of state for health Chandrima Bhattacharya was not available for comment.

                                                             The statesman

30 Nov. 2014

Med scam : MCI summons officials

 KOLKATA, 29 NOV: The Medical Council of India (MCI), which is carrying out a probe into the alleged fudging of marks in the West Bengal Joint Entrance Examination (medical), has asked the Director of Medical Education (DME) and the chairman of the Joint Entrance Board to appear before the MCI’s Delhi office on 4 December with all documents.

A highly-placed source in the MCI said that if state government officials fail to turn up with the documents it would take up the issue seriously. The decision has been taken as the state government was allegedly not cooperating with the MCI in its investigation and not providing the documents.
The MCI had earlier written to the state government seeking the documents relating to the procedure of the examination, the method of distribution of marks and the original answer papers of all the candidates. But the state government was reluctant to provide the documents. Senior officials of both the state health department and the joint entrance board have been saying that they have not received any letter from the MCI.

The Statesman broke the news about the fudging of marks in the medical entrance examination on 20-21 November giving all the details on how the two state government departments allegedly increased the marks of the candidates who failed to secure the minimum eligibility marks in the examination and ensured their admission in various medical colleges.

Quoting a source in the MCI, The Statesman had earlier reported that the Central regulating authority will look into the database of the marks of the students that are available with the JEE board. OMR (optical mark recognition) sheets and response sheets of all the candidates will also be looked into. If the investigation proves that the numbers which were sent to the MCI by the medical colleges were fudged, strong action will be taken against those who are involved in the scam.

The state government’s decision to increase the marks of as many as 677 students under the general and reserve category who are studying medical after failing to secure the minimum eligibility marks might jeopardise the future of these candidates.

                                                No. MCI-5(2)/2014-Med.Misc./

MEDICAL COUNCIL OF INDIA   NEW DELHI

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

 Minutes of the meeting of the Executive Committee held on 01st  October, 2014 at 11.00 a.m. in the Council Office at Sector 8, Pocket 14, Dwarka, New Delhi.

17. Admission of I year MBBS students at Hamdard Institute of Medical Sciences & Research, Delhi for the Academic Year 2012-13.

Read: the matter with regard to admission of I year MBBS students at Hamdard

Institute of Medical Sciences & Research, Delhi for the Academic Year 2012-13.

The Executive Committee of the Council observed that Ms. Zaara Khan and Ms. Sama Rizvi have been admitted despite securing less than 50% marks in the Entrance test  conducted by the Jamia Hamdard University.

In view of above, the Executive Committee of the Council decided to issue a discharge notice in respect of Ms. Zaara Khan and Ms. Sama Rizvi.

26. Non-receipt of the list of I year MBBS students for the academic year 2013-

14 from various medical colleges.

Read: the matter with regard to non-receipt of the list of 1st year MBBS students

for the academic year 2013-14 from various medical colleges.

The Executive Committee of the Council noted that the following medical

colleges have not submitted the required list in spite of repeated reminders: -

S.No. State Name of college

1. Andhra Pradesh Govt. Medical College, Nizamabad

2. Andhra Pradesh Siddhartha Medical College, Vijayawada

3. Bihar Shri Krishna Medical College, Muzzafarpur

4. Uttar Pradesh Rohilkhand Medical College & Hospital, Bareilly

5. West Bengal North Bengal Medical College, Darjeeling

The Committee further noted that the Council has received a letter dated

07.07.2014 from the Dean/Principal, Rohilkhand Medical College & Hospital, Bareilly

stating that the matter regarding admission of students against increase of seats from

100 to 150 for academic year 2013-14 is subjudice in the Hon’ble Supreme Court of  India vide curative petition D. No. 18148 of 2014. The Office of the Council vide its letter dated 06.08.2014 once again requested to the college authorities of Rohilkhand Medical College & Hospital, Bareilly to furnish the desired information on prescribed format within 07 days from the date of dispatch of this letter/or produce a stay order granted by the Hon’ble Supreme Court in their favour but the reply is still awaited.

In view of the above observations, the Executive Committee of the Council

deliberated upon the matter at length and decided that the Deans of the Medical

Colleges be called in-person with the appropriate lists within 2 weeks failing which appropriate necessary action will be taken. 

Bihar brings down MBBS cut off for SC ST reserved seats September 29, 2014

 Patna: The state government in Bihar on Saturday decided that the qualifying marks for SC/ST medical aspirants in government medical colleges across the state should be reduced to 32 per cent, and thus reducing the medical cut off for SC ST reserved seats further.

According to sources, the government was virtually forced to embark on this drastic step because as many as 42 SC and six ST seats were going to remain vacant had the qualifying marks not been reduced. Students from these communities with special status had earlier launched an agitation against the government, following which the matter reached the Patna High Court. The HC, after examining the matter, set September 30 as the deadline to fill all the 152 seats that remained vacant under both the General and reserved categories. During a meeting convened by Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi with the administration of all the nine government medical colleges in the state, it was decided that irrespective of their marks, no student from the reserved quota will be allowed to apply for a seat under the General quota. Another round of meeting on the matter was conducted a day later on Sunday. However, as of Saturday, the government was yet to pass a written order to Bihar Combined Entrance Competitive Examination Board (BCECEB) that conducts the counseling. According to reports, the CM was not happy at all over the fact that a large number of reserved category students had to RESORT to protests to convey their grievances on the matter. The meeting was also attended by Bihar’s principal secretary in the department of health. Another decision was made to alter the dates of counseling. Now, the counseling session commences on Monday and will continue on Tuesday. “The state government makes a lot of effort to get the number of MBBS seats increased, but many seats were left vacant last year. This year, the principals and the government should work in tandem so that none of the seat remains vacant,” said Bettiah Medical College and Hospital principal Dr Rajiv Ranjan Prasad, as reported by the Times of India.

             Proxy WBJEE Medical candidate held in Tripura

Posted by chandrakant on April 20, 201

 This case could require considerable cooperation among police forces of three states in three corners of thecountry. A youth from Ajmer in Rajasthan was arrested in Agartala on Saturday for appearing in the West Bengal Joint Entrance Examination as a ‘proxy candidate’ for a student from Baruipur in Bengal.

The arrested youth has been identified as Rahul Sharma from a village in Ajmer. He was carrying the admit card of one Syed Faruque Ahamed from Baruipur New Town in Bengal’s South 24 Parganas district.

Invigilators at Agartala Women’s College found a mismatch between Rahul’s appearance and the photograph on the admit card. Suspecting foul play, he was handed over to police. Initial investigation revealed he was associated with a coaching centre and had been hired by Faruque to write the exam.

WBJEE council has been conducting the entrance test for medical and engineering aspirants in Tripura for the last few years. Those living outside Tripura can also take their exam from the state.

“Altogether 374 students had enrolled to write the biology paper for admission to medical and pharmacy courses in different colleges of Bengal. Faruque was one of them,” said centre in-charge, Gita Debnath

MP HC notices to state exam board, MCI over PMT ‘scam’

Tuesday, July 23, 2013,

Indore: The Madhya Pradesh High Court on Tuesday issued notices to the state government, the Medical Council of India and the MP Professional Examination Board (MPPEB) on a plea seeking re-conduct of the Pre-Medical Test due to “scam” and cancellation of current results.

The notices were issued by the division bench of Justices P K Jaiswal and Subhda Waghmare on a petition filed by five students who appeared in the PMT this year.

The bench also said that its final order will be binding on the ongoing admission process in the medical colleges on the basis of PMT merit, said petitioners’ counsel Pushya Mitra Bhargava.

The petitioners urged the court to cancel the results of the PMT examination as the scam has marred the chances of potential candidates getting admission in medical colleges.

They also urged the court to order fresh examination to give fair chance to all the candidates.

The alleged scam involved dummy candidates appearing for the examination. Police arrested 20 persons, mostly from Uttar Pradesh, including the kingpin of the racket Dr Jagdish Singh Sagar.

Three MPPEB officials were also apprehended for their alleged connivance in the scam.

 

 

Admission of I year MBBS students at Hamdard Institute of Medical

Sciences & Research, Delhi for the Academic Year 2012-13.

Read: the matter with regard to admission of I year MBBS students at Hamdard

Institute of Medical Sciences & Research, Delhi for the Academic Year 2012-13.

The Executive Committee of the Council observed that Ms. Zaara Khan and Ms.

Sama Rizvi have been admitted despite securing less than 50% marks in the Entrance test

conducted by the Jamia Hamdard University.

In view of above, the Executive Committee of the Council decided to issue a

discharge notice in respect of Ms. Zaara Khan and Ms. Sama Rizvi.

 

Patna high court sets aside policy which allowed over 50% quota in medical colleges

Anisha Anand, TNN | May 7, 2014, 03.30AM IST

 

 

PATNA: The Patna high court has set aside the Bihar government’s quota policy under which the seats reserved in medical colleges went to only the reserved category aspirants even though the general quota seats were up for grabs by reserved category students securing the higher cut-off set for general category students.

As per the existing quota policy, a reserved category candidate could opt for admission under the general category on the basis of higher score. Thus, reserved category students ended up grabbing more than 50% seats which are reserved for different categories of students.

One G V Nutan, an MBBS aspirant, who could not secure admission despite obtaining all-India rank of 1132 in the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (UG)-2013, moved the high court alleging such a scheme provided reservation more than the legally permissible limit to reserved category candidates at the cost of general category candidates.

Earlier, a single bench of Justice A K Tripathi dismissed Nutan’s writ, saying such a policy was not new for such examinations.

Nutan challenged the single bench’s order through an LPA and a division bench of Justice Iqbal Ahmed Ansari and Justice Samarendra Pratap Singh on Tuesday set aside the order passed by the single bench. From now on, such seats under the reserved category will be given to general category candidates.

Petitioner’s counsel Patnajali Rishi argued the petitioner was among the candidates who had qualified in the NEET against the state quota for the MBBS/BDS courses. However, she was not called in counselling held on various dates for the general category candidate

Policy for quota in medical colleges set aside

Anisha Anand, TNN | May 8, 2014, 04.00AM IST

 

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PATNA: The Patna high court has set aside the Bihar government’s quota policy under which the seats reserved in medical colleges went to only the reserved category aspirants even though the general quota seats were up for grabs by reserved category students securing the higher cut-off set for general category students.

As per the existing quota policy, a reserved category candidate could opt for admission under the general category on the basis of higher score. Thus, reserved category students ended up grabbing more than 50% seats which are reserved for different categories of students.

One G V Nutan, an MBBS aspirant, who could not secure admission despite obtaining all-India rank of 1132 in the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (UG)-2013, moved the high court alleging such a scheme provided reservation more than the legally permissible limit to reserved category candidates at the cost of general category candidates.

Bombay HC stays quotas for Marathas; Fadnavis government to approach SC

Last Updated: Friday, November 14, 2014 – 18:01

Zee Media Bureau

Mumbai: The Bombay High Court on Friday cancelled the previous Congress-NCP government’s decision of giving 16 percent reservation for Marathas in jobs and educationalinstitutions in Maharashtra.

The High Court’s order comes on a petition challenging the measure, terming it as a “fraud” on the Constitution.

The bench headed by Chief Justice Mohit Shah also stayed the previous Prithviraj Chavan-led government’s order to provide 5 percent reservation to Muslims in public service, but allowed them quota in educational institutions.

Admitting a batch of Public Interest Litigations, Justice Shah said the Supreme Court had already laid down the law for reservation which cannot exceed 50 per cent of the total seats.

The court was of the view that the comparative data provided by the government justified its decision to introduce reservation for Muslims in government educational institutions. It, however, excluded private educational bodies from the purview of reservations for the minority community.

Meanwhile, newly-elected Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said that his government supports Maratha reservation and has decided to approach the Supreme Court.

“The state government is fully supportive of Maratha quota. We will appeal in SC on the HC ruling. We will take measures to ensure that the quota remains,” Fadnavis told reporters on the sidelines of an event in suburban Vile Parle.

“If the court has pointed out any discrepancy in law, we will remove any lacunae in law during the winter session of the State Legislature in Nagpur,” the chief minister said.

Four months ahead of Assembly elections, the Congress-NCP government had announced 16 percent reservation for Marathas and five percent for Muslims in jobs and educational institutions.

 

The Times of India

Rs 9,300cr black money changes hands in medical seat sale every year

Rema Nagarajan,  Dec 18, 2014,

NEW DELHI: The White Paper on Black Money in India, published in May 2012, estimated that deposits by Indians in all Swiss banks at the end of 2010 amounted to Rs 9,300 crore or about $1.5 billion. That much money, if not more, is changing hands in the black market of medical education in India every year.

Back-of-the-envelope calculations show that the ‘sale’ of MBBS and post graduate seats in medical colleges rakes in about Rs 10,000 crore or more in a year. And that’s a conservative estimate. Here’s the calculation.

There are a total of about 8,100 MBBS seats in the management quota in private colleges (approximately 30% of the 27,000 seats in such colleges). The price of each seat varies from about Rs 55 lakh in Kerala and some not-so-well-established colleges in Tamil Nadu and UP to over Rs 75 lakh in colleges in Maharashtra, Andhra and Gujarat. At a conservative average of Rs 60 lakh per seat, the money generated is Rs 4,860 crore.

Here’s why this could be an underestimation. Scams exposed almost every year show that although the management and NRI quota is said to be 30%, in reality the number of seats sold is much higher. In many states, the permitted management quota is higher — in Madhya Pradesh, for instance, private medical colleges are allowed to keep 15% of seats for NRI quota and 44% for management, bringing the total saleable seats to nearly 60%.

In the Vyapam scandal in MP, 220 of 378 seats in the state quota or about 60% of the state seats were sold to ineligible students last year. “The state quota seats are filled by scorers hired by admission rackets. The scorers are later paid to vacate the seats, which are filled after the first counselling session for premium rates,” explained Dr Anand Rai, the whistleblower in this scam, which exposed the involvement of senior politicians and bureaucrats in the medical admission racket. Similar rackets have been exposed in Karnataka and other states too, where the bulk of seats in private medical colleges were sold.

The sale of PG seats is at an even higher rate. Seats in coveted fields like radiology are said to touch Rs 3 crore, while seats in gynaecology and dermatology could be available for Rs 1.5-2 crore. In most places, seats are sold even before the results for the All India Common Entrance Test were declared. In some states with no regulation, almost all PG seats in the private sector are sold.

Similar calculations for MD and MS seats as for MBBS seats show that these would fetch another nearly Rs 2,500 crore. Thus, the ‘market’ for medical seats as a whole is in excess of Rs 7,300 crore even by the most conservative estimate.

There are other factors to take into account — for instance, in minority institutions almost 80% seats are management quota; in some states this quota is 40%; in most states there is little or no regulation of PG seats, so almost the entire lot gets sold off; in many states, the so-called state quota is diverted through various kinds of fraud and sold off. Factor all of this in, and the size of the market is actually probably over Rs 10,000 crore or $1.5 billion-plus, all of it in black money.

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                                         The Statesman

                                              18 Dec 2014

 

                            RG Kar, CNMCH in admission ‘scam’

 

Pradip Chatterjee  pchatterjee@thestatesman.net

Two state-run medical colleges  ~ Calcutta National Medical College and Hospital (CNMCH) and RG Kar Medical College and Hospital ~ are accused of securing admission of seven candidates in MBBS course this year under donors quota seats by furnishing “false marks” to the Medical Council of India .The MCI wanted to know from the state health department the name of the examination these candidates had appeared  in and sought detailed  documents relating to the procedure of  the examination. According to a Supreme Court directive, no admission can be made without following MCI guidelines so as to ensure transparency and merit.
The MCI is carrying out an investigation into the matter following the instruction of the Union Health Ministry after it had received a complaint relating to the alleged marks goof-up in the medical entrance examination in West Bengal. A senior official in the MCI on condition of anonymity  said, “The papers relating to donor quota admission are already being sought. If the medical colleges were found to have admitted candidates under this quota by furnishing false information, action would be taken against them.”
The CNMCH had admitted four candidates in MBBS course under  the donor quota this year while the RG Kar Medical College and Hospital had admitted three candidates.
Admitting candidates in the medical courses under donors quota and not on the basis of merit was an old custom which has been in practice in  the state for more than 40 years. Till last year candidates under donor quota seats were admitted in these medical colleges by virtue of some contractual obligations and these candidates never had to appear in any entrance examination.
But this year MCI asked all the state governments and the medical colleges to fill up online forms stating all the  papers relating to the marks obtained by each candidate in the entrance exam and other board level exams taking admission in MBBS course. A source in a state run medical college said that the colleges had to fill up forms for these donor quota candidates who allegedly did not appear in any valid examination simply because the filling up of forms could not be completed without entering the marks the students had obtained.
A source in the CNMCH said  the  college authorities had recently convened a meeting with the owners of these donors quota seats in which they were asked to give in writing that their candidates had secured the figure of marks which were submitted by the college to the MCI. The college authorities however refused to admit this.
When this correspondent visited the office of  the family members  who control  the seats under the donor quota they refused to talk to The Statesman. Though the chief manager of corporate affairs  said that they had conducted examination before admitting candidates in CNMCH.
The Principal of RG Kar Medical College, Prof Suddhadan Batabyal said: “We have sent the documents relating to the admission under donor quota seats to the state health department.” The Principal of CNMCH, Prof Samir Chandra Ghosh Roy did not answer calls.

Fresh complaint on medical seat sale

TNN | Jul 23, 2014, 01.37 AM IST

KOLKATA: Two days after the Bidhannagar police registered an FIR against a firm that allegedly took over Rs 6 crore promising some students admission to Bengal and Karnataka medical colleges, the detective department on Tuesday has received a complaint against unknown persons who allegedly received Rs 21 lakh promising a student admission to a south Indian medical college but later failed to keep the promise.

The development comes on a day when the New Alipore police arrested the owner of Vinayak Enterprises that had cheated a top officer of a PSU of Rs 16.4 lakh by promising to admit his daughter to an MBBS course way back in 2012 and then again in the 2013 season. The south division will be questioning the accused to find out if he had any connection with the fraudsters under the scanner of Bidhannagar police and detective department.

According to DC (south) Murlidhar Sharma, the complaint in this case was lodged by Sukhendu Bikas Majumdar in 2013. the proprietor of Aditi Adobe Limited residing at Roy Bahadur Road – one Tanmoy Bandhopadhay – was arrested from Sahapur Colony in this regard. “We had received the complaint from Sukhendu Bikas Majumdar in 2013 and accordingly laid a trap to arrest the accused,” said Sharma.

According to Majumdar – a resident of Golf Garden and an officer of a PSU – he had come across Tanmoy Bandopadhyay, the accused, through a colleague in 2012 and he was assured that his daughter would be admitted to the Bangalore College.

“I paid the money in three instalments. I paid Rs 8 lakh on July 30, 2012 followed by Rs 2 lakh on August 10 and again paid Rs 6.40 lakh on August 12. On August 13, Majumdar was asked to fly to Bangalore to attend the second counselling. “But, when we reached there, my daughter was even denied provisional admission. Tanmoy asked me to get her admitted to the dental course. I accordingly did so. He never kept his promise of shifting her course to MBBS,” alleged Majumdar.

The New Alipore cops have sought police custody of the accused after reports that at least two others – one of them from Howrah and another in Odisha’s Paradip – were also duped by the accused. The first set of cases registered at Salt Lake said that the accused – three persons including a woman – had switched off their mobile phones after proming them admission. All three managed the front desk at the Salt Lake office.

Earlier, all three along with others had collected Rs 11-Rs 22 lakh each from the victims promising to arrange for their admission test to the college. However, when these students received no admit cards and found their names missing from the candidates’ list at these colleges, they approached cops who promptly sealed the office. Sources say the fraud is worth Rs 6 crore and involves at least 45 victims.

 

                              

 

Medical student, DAVV employee helped UP MLA daughter to pass examination

TNN | Dec 5, 2014, 12.45 PM IST

INDORE: A final-year medicine student at Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Medical College (MGM) and a contractual employee of Devi Ahilya Vishwavidyalaya (DAVV) allegedly helped daughter of Uttar Pradesh MLA, Reema Verma in tampering the answer sheet to pass the examination.

Police on Thursday produced accused medico Umesh Mandloi and university employee Nikhil Tiwari before a local court from where they were sent to police remand for a day. Tiwari was posted at the evaluation centre since four years. Reema and Umesh became friends while attending coaching classes and Nikhil became Umesh’s friend after he gave him lift on his bike.

CSP (Juni Indore) Shashikant Kankane said, “Both the accused helped Reema Verma in gaining access to answer sheets. During initial interrogation, the duo revealed that they helped her due to friendship and no financial transaction took place.”

Teams will be sent to arrest Verma, who has been booked by Bhanwarkaun police under IPC sections 419, 420, 467, 468 and 471. Verma is daughter of Hardoi MLA Rajeshwari Devi.

Bhanwarkuan police station in charge Rajendra Soni said, “We will interrogate the accused further to find if more people were involved.”

Crime branch of Indore police zeroed in on Umesh and Nikhil on basis of phone call details of Verma. Second prof student at Index Medical College, Reema Verma was accused of tampering answer sheet to get passing marks in the MBBS examination.

DAVV evaluation centre in-charge after doing its investigations had submitted a report to the police in October after which police booked Verma. She lived with a roommate in a flat near Chandralok crossing and she informed the varsity officials about the matter, police sources said.

MCI mulls shortening of MBBS course duration by 1 year

Last Updated: Tuesday, January 28, 2014 – 21:36

New Delhi: The duration of the MBBS course could be shortened by one year with the Medical Council of India (MCI) thinking about introducing specialist skills for undergraduates earlier than what is the practice at present.

Official sources said that the MCI academic council is likely to meet next week to finalise the new curriculum and send it to the government for approval.
The MBBS course presently stretches for five-and-a-half years four-and-a-half years of academic studies and one year of internship.

Sources said that the curriculum is seen as devoting too much time to general medical studies and the various aspects of the human anatomy, which may not be of much use to students who opt for specialisation in later years.
The new curriculum, which they said would take away nothing while giving more freedom to students, envisages adequate skill training at the initial level while introducing students to clinical and analytical courses.

“The idea is to let students study in detail the subject of their choice and develop expertise in that topic instead of studying all subjects in detail. It will save a lot of time and sharpen their skills,” they said.

Experts believe that students should be allowed to carry on studying their subject of specialisation once they become conversant with the human anatomy.

They were also of the view that the present curriculum did not provide sufficient skills in the early years, which they said was crucial at a time of growing specialisation and super -specialisation.

DAVV in trouble as 67 scam suspects take MBBS exam

Ashish Gaur,TNN | Dec 9, 2014, 11.58 AM IST

INDORE: Officials of Devi Ahilya Vishwavidyalaya (DAVV) along with two premier private medical colleges from the city are likely to land in trouble for allowing 67 students, who were allegedly admitted through unfair means, to appear for 1st prof examinations. University instead of initiating action against the colleges and conduct an inquiry into admissions for 2013-14 session, allowed the students to take the examinations

Varsity conducted their examination despite Admission Fee and Regulatory Committee (AFRC) never having regularized admissions of these students. Instead the committee imposed a fine of Rs 5.5 crore on Index Medical College, Hospital and Research Center and Rs 40 lakh on Sri Aurobindo Institute of Medical Science (SAIMS) for providing false information to Directorate of Medical Education (DME) related to admission of these students.

“Fine was imposed as colleges provided faulty admission list of candidates and failed to follow quota rules. No admissions were regularized by AFRC. A case relating to regularization of these students is pending before the court. Colleges have also not paid fine amount. They will have to pay the fine,” said chairman, AFRC, Prof TR Thapak.

DME has sought list of students admitted in both the colleges for the session 2013-14. It was found DME approved admissions of only four candidates under state quota seats in the list provided by Index Medical College. 59 candidates, some belonging to high profile families were shown admitted under state quota (a copy of which is with TOI).

SAIMS had admitted eight such students on or before September 30. DME had objected to the admissions stating they had never allotted and cleared the admissions after which fines was imposed on both colleges by AFRC.

University officials said admissions were regularized by AFRC after which examination was conducted. Vice-chancellor, DAVV, Dr DP Singh, said, “The admissions were regularized by AFRC after slapping fine on the colleges. We have postponed examination two-three times but as genuine candidates were suffering we went ahead with exam schedule. However, admissions of these students are provisional and we have not generated their enrolments. We will not declare their result till their admissions are cleared.”

On the other hand, conducting examination and inaction of varsity against the college has not gone well with the activists. “It seems that university officials are backing the colleges for manipulating admissions. Varsity could have conducted examination after a clarity on the issue,” said Dr Anand Rai, an activist, who has written to varsity administration for not holding the examination.

 

 MBBS scam: DME role under scanner

Ashish Gaur,TNN | Dec 11, 2014, 12.19 PM IST

IDORE: Role of Directorate of Medical Education (DME) too is under scanner for allegedly misinforming universities that Admission and Fee Regulatory Committee (AFRC) regularised ‘irregular’ admissions to MBBS first year after slapping fine on six private medical colleges in the state.

This communication apparently allowed universities to hold first professional examination of MBBS students admitted to six private medical colleges for academic session 2013-14. On the Contrary, AFRC officials clarified the matter of cancellation or regularization of admissions is pending before the court.

Despite the matter being sub judice, DME office wrote to affiliating universities that AFRC has regularised admissions after imposing fine on private medical colleges for making irregular admissions and whatever action AFRC takes in future will be binding on the students.

Joint director, DME, Dr NM Srivastava told TOI, “AFRC slapped fine on the colleges. It has not cancelled the admissions. In such a situation, we considered these admissions were regularised. We have filed a petition in Supreme Court to reduce the number of seats in these medical colleges next academic sessions.”

Private medical colleges including Sri Aurobindo Institute of Medical Sciences, Indore, Chirayu Medical College and Research Centre, Bhopal, Index Medical College and Research Centre, Indore, LN Medical College Hospital and Research Centre, Bhopal, Peoples College of Medical Science, Bhopal and RD Gardi Medical College, Ujjain have not followed enough transparency and fairness while admitting students against vacant seats under state quota, upon which a fine of Rs 13.10 crore was slapped on these colleges.

 Medical Council of India ethics panel members misled World Medical Association to help Ketan Desai?

Rema Nagarajan,TNN

 Jan 20, 2015, 01.07 AM IST

DELHI: The chief vigilance officer (CVO) who complained about the “unethical” action of three ethics committee members of the Medical Council of India (MCI) has been sent back to his parent cadre while no action has been taken against the accused members, who have been defended by the president of MCI, Dr Jayshree Mehta as revealed by the file notings made public.

CVO HK Jethi had stated that Dr Ajay Kumar, a member of the MCI ethics committee had committed an “unethical” act of telling the World Medical Association (WMA) that CBI charges against Dr Ketan Desai had been dropped, when two CBI cases are still pending against him. Jethi had recommended that the matter be referred to the health ministry to take action against ethics committee members, Dr Ajay Kumar, Dr Vinay Aggarwal and Dr Sudipto Roy who had accompanied Dr Desai to the WMA general assembly.

Last year beginning, the CBI had received a complaint from Dr Kunal Saha, founder president of People for Better Treatment (PBT), an organization fighting against medical malpractice, which stated that the ethics committee members had misled the WMA to help Dr Desai become WMA president. The CBI forwarded the complaint to the vigilance section of MCI in June 2014.

When the matter was put up before the MCI president, she sought a reply from Dr Ajay Kumar. Dr Kumar claimed that WMA was a private body of doctors with no linkage with the MCI and that Dr Desai was made WMA president by virtue of him fulfilling the conditions for membership including being a member of the Indian Medical Association (IMA). Dr Mehta concluded that Dr Kumar’s reply was satisfactory and that the matter did not need to be pursued any further.

However, Jethi differed with the MCI president and insisted that Dr Kumar had committed an unethical act in misleading the WMA regarding the status of the CBI cases against Dr Desai and hence action ought to be taken against him and the two other ethics committee members who accompanied Dr Desai to the WMA general assembly. The CVO had also recommended that the WMA be informed that there are two CBI cases pending against Dr Desai and that he was currently “out on bail in the CBI main trap case dated April 22, 2010″.

This led to a war of words between Dr Mehta and the CVO with the Jethi accusing Dr Mehta of trying to force him to send a letter to the CBI drafted by her instead of letting Jethi send the letter he had drafted which asked for information about all cases registered against Dr Desai. Dr Saha, while making public the entire file along with the notings, has accused Dr Mehta of deliberately trying to shield Dr. Kumar, a known associate of Dr Desai, and of threatening the CVO to stop investigating Dr. Desai’s cronies who were helping him “to regain control of MCI and IMA”.

Though the CBI wrote back stating that these were two cases pending against Dr Desai and that charges had been framed in one, the MCI did not forward this information to the WMA as recommended by Jethi. In November last year, Jethi was repatriated to his parent cadre as he had requested the same when the health ministry did not respond to his request for protection and he had complained that he was “a victim of harassment” due to his drive against corruption in MCI.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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