NBE Removes Executive Director Bipin Batra Over Violation Of Rules

The National Board of Examinations (NBE), regulatory body for postgraduate medical education, has removed its executive director Bipin Batra for allegedly occupying the post in violation of rules. The move comes in the wake of allegations of irregularities, lack of transparency and malfunctioning of the NBE administration, with the latest being charges of malpractices in the conduct of the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET).

The autonomous body under the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, in a meeting here yesterday, also ordered an inquiry into various charges of irregularities against Batra.

“Bipin Batra shall cease to discharge the functions of executive director, NBE, with immediate effect,” said a draft resolution adopted by the board.

It also said Rashmikant Dave, vice president, NBE has been appointed honorary executive director till a regular appointment is made to the post in compliance with rules.

NBE president Abhijat Sheth, when contacted by PTI, confirmed the developments.

Bipin Batra had been officiating as the executive director of the board without an approval by the central government, the resolution said, adding that “it is apparent that there is no regularly appointed executive director, NBE in place”.

The present board was nominated on June 20, 2016, and ever since many allegations have plagued the body.

 

The NBE president, on behalf of the board, has apprised the central government and the administration on multiple occasions regarding the various alleged misdeeds that have come to light.

“As such, for the purposes of conducting an expeditious and independent enquiry into all facts and allegations that have come to light, it is resolved to suspend Bipin Batra from all posts being held by him in NBE in any capacity whatsoever until further orders,” the resolution said.

The board has also resolved to appoint Kirtiman Singh as the standing counsel for NBE as an interim arrangement, thus ceasing services of all other advocates/standing counsels who currently represent it.

The National Board of Examinations was established in 1975 with the objective of improving the quality of medical education and establishing standards of post graduate examinations in modern medicine on an all-India basis.

Last year, the governing body of the NBE was reconstituted by the government and asked to examine the problems restricting the expansion of postgraduate medical education in the country.

Pediatrics JR ends life due to stress

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A 26-year-old resident doctor with the VS Hospital was found dead from her hostel room on Monday morning. Dr Meghavi Patel, 26, an MD (paediatrics) student, had injected self with a compound, suspected to be anaesthetic agent. Police said that a note found from her pin-board mentioned stress related to work and study along with her ailment as reason for her extreme step.

According to Ellisbridge police, the sweeper at the residential hostel for PG students of NHL Medical College had approached Meghavi’s room as per routine at 9.30am on Monday. When she did not respond after repeated banging, the nearby residents were called on the spot and the door was forced open when Meghavi was found on her bed unconscious. She was taken to the VS Hospital where she was declared dead.

“Meghavi had done her MBBS from the same institution. Daughter of a senior government official, she had got married to Dr Vishal Patel, an MD (radiologist) currently working in Surendranagar, eight months ago. They had got engaged three years ago. Her father-in-law is a paediatrician having his hospital in Asarva. Her colleagues said that she was on duty in the hospital till 10pm on Sunday,” said an Ellisbridge police official.

Investigators said that a note from her pin-board in her room was found in which she had written that no one is responsible for her death. She wrote that she was ending life due to stress and ailment. K M Chavda, in-charge ACP, M Division, said that Meghavi was suffering from spinal TB and her treatment was going on.

Dr Sandeep Malhan, superintendent of the VS Hospital, added that she had cited stress as a reason as the masters students have to work as residential doctors in addition to appearing for an examination every week.

Investigators said that Meghavi had injected self on her wrist and leg with a compound. Chavda said that the postmortem examination is over but they are yet to ascertain the content which she injected. Police could not question her relatives on Monday but they said that they would ask about whether she gave any sign of distress in recent past.

KNRUHS asks medical students to cough up Rs 3 lakh bond amount

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To deter students from leaving a medical or dental college midway , the Kaloji Narayana Rao University of Health Sciences(KNRUHS), which is conducting counselling on behalf of Telangana, is now demanding a bond of `3 lakh from students as an assurance that they will complete the course. According to officials, every year, 50% of the dental seats and, on an average, about 60 medical seats are blocked by students but later converted into management quota as they drop out. Meanwhile, in government colleges, these seats remain vacant as there is no provision of converting convenor quota seats into seats of other categories.

“We have observed that students are allotted seats and then they drop out. This is depriving other meritorious students of seats. Last year, out of 300 seats in BDS (Bachelor of Dental Surgery) courses in the state, nearly 180 students did not join college even after the classes started,” said B Karunakar Reddy , vice-chancellor, KNRUHS, adding that 16 of the 100 dental seats at the Govern ment Dental College too remained vacant last year due to the same reason.

Reddy further added that they faced the same problem while filling up post-graduate medical seats and cited it as the main reason for the bond amount being increased from the existing `1lakh to `3 lakh. “After the last phase of counselling, about 30 PG students paid `5 lakh each and left the course mid-way . So now, those deciding to opt out of the medical or dental degree course after securing an admission, will have to personally come and explain to the varsity their reasons for not continuing with the course. Only if the varsity is satisfied with the reason, can the students opt out,” Reddy said.

A varsity source, on condition of anonymity , also highlighted how a few private colleges pick candidates that they know have already secured seats in other states and make them give up these seats a day or two before the deadline so that they can convert them into management quota and make more money.

Colleges, on the other hand, said that increasing the bond amount will not make any difference as the candidates, who are ready to pay `1lakh, will not think twice about paying three times more.

“I don’t see how this is going to make any difference. The varsity is just taking money from students and doing business. Moreover, if someone feels that the managements of medical and dental colleges are using students to block seats, this bond amount will not be enough to prevent such practices as it is much less than what these colleges can rake in by converting these seats into other categories,” said Lakshmi Narasimha Rao, president, Telangana Private Medical College Association.