Monday, March 24, 2014

Probe into AP PG Entrance; Students demand CBI inquiry

Governor ESL Narasimhan on Tuesday ordered an inquiry into alleged irregularities in the conduct of AP PG Medical Entrance Examination-2014.

Prof LV Venugopal Reddy will be conducting the inquiry. The governor’s decision came after a delegation of junior doctors had takenthe matter to his notice.

Earlier, a large group of MBBS graduates, who have appeared for AP PG Medical Entrance test, organised a protest rally from Siddartha Medical College to NTR University of Health Sciences (NTRUHS) Tuesday demanding a probe into the irregularities in the entrance test and reconduct of the exam by putting a stay on admissions counselling.

“Aspirants who have fared miserably in the PG entrance tests of the other states have scored top ranks in AP PG Medical Entrance Examination-2014 (APPGMEE) , giving scope to a lot of suspicions. There are glaring differences between the ranks that many candidates scored in the AP PG exam and other nationwide exams. How can a student who fared so badly in the other exams can get top 100 ranks in the AP test,” questions M Radhika.

“For instance, first ranker in the APPGMEE got 4,429 rank in the COMEDK, one of the prestigious entrance tests in Karnataka. While the 6th ranker got 6,088 in the COMEDK. Students who got 8, 10, 19, 25 ranks in the AP PG exam have not even qualified in the other PG entrances like COMEDK and NIMSET. This proves that irregularities have occurred in PG exams,” alleges V Rajesh, a junior doctor.

As soon as the APPGMEE results were announced on March 15, allegations over the irregularities in the conduct of exam started making rounds. The glaring discrepancies in the ranks of the rankholders has given birth to these suspicions. While the students who fared well in the AP PG exam fared miserably in the other entrances and vice-versa. Gurivi Reddy, who got into news with hitech copying in 2012, got 8th rank in the APPG exam this year.

Chaitanya, a junior doctor, said that the situation is so worse that students who have even failed in the MBBS exams and were suspended scored top ranks in the PG entrance. “We suspect question paper leak and crores of rupees have changed hands,” he said.

The junior doctors gave a representation to NTRUHS registrar S Babu Lal demanding an inquiry to the irregularities in the conduct of exam. Registrar Babu Lal said, “If we observe the points highlighted by the PG entrance aspirants, it appears that some irregularities could have occurred. We will go into the issue and if necessary will order an inquiry.”

AP Junior Doctors’ Association Vijayawada president Kranthi Kumar also demanded a detailed inquiry.

Source: IndianExpress

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Hyderabad: Aspiring post-graduate and MBBS students from various medical colleges have demanded a Central Bureau of Investigation probe into the Andhra Pradesh PG MET examination. Over 50 post graduate seats have been given away by corrupt means, they claimed and want the ‘culprit’ to be nabbed.

Dr K. Abhilash, president of Junior Doctors Association, said, “We want the ‘real culprit’ to be exposed otherwise it will set an unhealthy precedent in the medical field. We are not afraid of re-exams or re-ranking but what is the use of conducting it if the same people are going to judge us?”

Post-graduate aspirants have to answer objective type questions in their tests and these are probably the toughest as it requires a thorough knowledge of not only text books but also practical approach to the problems.

The objective type questions help to assess the ability of the student to approach the problem in a practical manner rather than from theory. Over 1,500 students gathered in the auditorium of Gandhi Hospital on Saturday afternoon and deliberated on the methods they should take to fight against this malpractice.

Dr M. Abhijeet of Osmania Medical College explained, “We want meritorious students to get a chance. How can the nation have good doctors if fraudsters are given top ranks?” Dr Mohammed Imran said, “If we allow such elements to have an upper hand today, it is 50 seats, next time it may be 100.”

There are 646 post-graduate seats in Andhra Pradesh while students writing the exams are in thousands. Agitated students have submitted a strong complaint to Governor E.S.L. Narsimhan and demanded that a proper independent inquiry be conducted. A senior student explained, “If the university is at fault, then the culprits must be booked. Letting them off is not in the interest of students or the medical education.”

Source: DC

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