Transfer of hospitals under ESIC to any state govt is ‘illegal’: Delhi HC

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Holding that the rules laid in the Employees State Insurance (ESI) Act do not allow the transfer of any of its assets to any person, including the state government, the Delhi High Court has stopped the transfer of hospitals and medical colleges under the Employees State Insurance Corporation (ESIC) by terming it “legally impermissible” and “contrary to the law.

A bench of Acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice C Harishankar pointed out that there was no provision in the ESI Act which enables the ESIC to do so. The directions come on a plea which had challenged the transfer of the hospital and medical colleges under it to any state government.

“The scheme of the ESI Act, 1948, especially Sections 59A and 59B of the statute do not enable the ESIC to transfer any of its assets to any other person, including the State Governments. There is no provision in the statute which enables the ESIC to do so,” the court said.

The bench, while delivering the judgment also added, “Given the legislative mandate, we, therefore hold that the action of the respondent no. 2 in transferring the medical colleges and institutions to the state governments is without jurisdiction, contrary to law and illegal”.

In order to effectuate the administration of the purposes of the ESI Act, the Centre had established the ESIC which would provide benefits to the employees in case of sickness, maternity and employment injury.

The court held that there was substance in the petitioner’s contention that instead of addressing the several concerns pointed out by the members in the 164th Meeting, ad hoc decision to transfer even proposed medical colleges were being taken.

“There is strength in the petitioner’s contention that there was nothing on record to show that any case by case evaluation of either the need or the efficacy of such transfer was conducted prior to the same being affected,” adding that the interest of the insured persons would be compromised and that the ESIC is losing all control over the facilities.

The court also said that “ESI Act contains nothing to indicate that funding by the State Government would entail, as necessary and inexorable sequitur, throwing open the hospitals to the general public”.

“…..If, by virtue of their being contributing employees of the ESI, and, per definition therefore, “insured persons”, the petitioner and others like him have a statutorily fossilized right to exclusive enjoyment of the facilities at the ESI hospitals, the court has a duty to zealously protect and preserve that right,” the bench said in a 38 page judgment.

The court’s direction came on pleas filed by Balaraj Jadhav and others who contended that the ESIC was flouting Section 59B of the ESI Act. According to this section, the ESIC took steps for establishment of medical, dental and nursing colleges all over India.

It also said that the source of funds given for this purpose was that of the ESIC and therefore comprised of contributions by the insured persons under the ESI Act. The plea also highlighted the gross mismanagement by quoting a CAG report.

The ESIC, on the other hand, had said that it should exit the field of medical education as it is not the core function and the objective of section 59B of the Act is unlikely to be met. It said that the state governments would contribute to the better functioning of the hospitals and colleges.

 

Maharashtra may give MBBS degree only after doctors do rural stint

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The state’s medical education department has proposed to tweak the duration of the MBBS course to 6.5 years from the existing 5.5 in order to leave no room for students to dodge rural postings. The idea is to merge the rural bond service with the course duration so students are awarded degrees only after completion of their one-year stint and before they can go for post-graduation.

Under the current rule, a medical graduate is allowed a window of six additional years after completion of MBBS to pursue post-graduation and super-specialization and is not expected to immediately proceed for the rural posting. But the state has found this clause is being exploited by students, who often skip rural internships in the name of higher education and the absence of a foolproof government mechanism to track their career graphs.

TOI has learnt that medical education secretary Sanjay Deshmukh has sent a proposal to his ministry this month seeking its approval to change the course framework. In an exercise that began in January, the Directorate of Medical Education and Research (DMER) found out around 4,500 doctors may have skipped their rural postings between 2001 and 2011. Maharashtra produces close to 7,000 MBBS graduates every year, of which 2,800-odd pass out of the 19 public medical colleges. A creation of a software application that will make postings and vacancies in the public health department-run hospitals transparent is also in its final stages of trial.

A senior government official confirmed the proposal is under consideration.

“Rules under the Maharashtra University of Health Sciences (MUHS) Act don’t allow us to withhold documents, including mark sheets, for reasons such as non-fulfillment of bonds. If this proposal gets the nod, students will have to go for rural postings before appearing for their PG entrances. This way, once they serve the rural bonds, they are free to do what they want,” the official said.

About two decades ago, this framework was already in use in the state. A GR issued in the late 1990s mandated students to complete their rural stint before going for PG. The system worked smoothly for some time as candidates were placed in rural, district and civil hospitals run by the state’s public health department (PHD). But it had to be scrapped in 1999 after the PHD said it didn’t have vacancies to accommodate all medical pass-outs. The friction between two arms of medical education and public healthcare in Maharashtra—DMER and PHD—has often led to even willing students not finding rural postings of their choice.

Nationally too, the idea of increasing course duration has been discussed time and again. Ex-health minister A Ramadoss was the first to speak in favour of it in 2007. In 2012, it was discussed by then Union health minister Ghulam Nabi Azad and the Medical Council of India (MCI). At that time, amending the MCI Act too was given a thought.

Dr Pravin Shingare, who heads the state’s DMER, said while MCI is the only one that can decide on course duration, MUHS can make “modifications” within the MCI framework. He said most students give the rural stint a slip because there is nothing to hold them back. “While doctors practising in Maharashtra may still be netted at the time of registering with the Maharashtra Medical Council (MMC) as they are required to produce a bond-free certificate, those coming from other states often get away,” Shingare said.

The medical community, however, thinks it would be unfair to increase the duration of medical education. “Why can’t the government break up the one-year internship tenure and incorporate rural posting without increasing the overall course duration,” said Dr Sagar Mundada, who previously led the Maharashtra Association of Resident Doctors (MARD). He added doctors anywhere take around 12 years to complete super-specialization, and any further increase would be exasperating. A senior professor from JJ Hospital concurred the move would be unfair to students of government colleges as those studying in private ones will save a year and have the benefit of appearing for PG before the others.

State labels 2400 Mumbai doctors ‘quacks’ for failure to serve bond

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Over 4,500 Maharashtra doctors – including close to 2,500 graduates from Mumbai medical colleges – have been declared ‘quacks’ by the Directorate of Medical Education and Research (DMER) following their failure to serve the mandatory one year in rural areas.

The DMER has drawn up a list of 4,500 doctors who received their MBBS degrees between 2005 and 2012 but did not honour their commitment to serve in rural areas. They also did not pay the penalty for their failure to do so.

All serving doctors must renew their registration with the Maharashtra Medical Council (MMC) every five years. However, since these 4,500 doctors violated their rural service bonds, their registrations stand cancelled.

Medical students graduating from government-run colleges sign a bond promising to serve at a primary health center in a village for a year within five years of obtaining their MBBS degree. If they do not serve the bond, they must pay a penalty, which is a steep Rs 10 lakh for a plain vanilla MBBS doctor, Rs 50 lakh for postgraduates, and Rs 2 crore for super-specialty doctors.

According to DMER data, among the doctors declared ‘quacks’ are 780 from Seth Gordhandas Sunderdas Medical College, Parel; 761 from Grant Medical College attached to JJ Hospital; 595 from B J Medical College, Pune; 526 from Government Medical College, Nagpur; and 485 from Topiwala National Medical College attached to BYL Nair Hospital at Mumbai Central.

Doctors, however, are up in arms against DMER’s decision. They say that DMER is just forcing doctors to serve in fringe areas without developing proper health infrastructure there. “The condition of some of the primary health centres and rural hospitals in the state is so bad that they don’t even have adequate stock of basic medicines,” said Dr Sagar Mundada, chairman, youth wing, Indian Medical Association (IMA).

DMER head Dr Pravin Shingare, however, said the decision has been taken after giving these doctors enough time to serve the bond. “We will share details of these doctors with district-level committees, which are authorised to take action against bogus doctors. The committee has members like the civil surgeon and superintendent of police who will now take action against them,” he said.

He added that these doctors may have multiple degrees but without the renewal of their registration with MMC they are as good as quacks. Dr Ajay Chandanwale, Dean, BJ Medical College, Pune, said: “Notices have been issued to students. They must either serve the bond or pay the penalty for not serving it. The government will not allow renewal of their registrations if they don’t do so.”

Dr Sanjay Deshmukh, Deputy Director, Health Services, said the doctors must understand that the one-year rural stint for all new graduates is aimed at meeting a desperate demand for doctors in villages. “There is a huge shortage of doctors in the rural parts of the state. Most of the students after passing the final exam, choose municipal corporations in cities to work in public health departments rather than serving people in rural areas,” he said.

Shortage of doctors to end by 2022: Choubey

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Union minister Ashwini Kumar Choubey today said there is a shortage of over 6 lakh doctors in the country now but the crisis would end by 2022, as the number of seats in medical colleges has been increased.

As per population, the country requires 14 to 16 lakh doctors but at present merely eight lakh doctors are serving the people, he said.

The health ministry has increased seats in medical colleges to achieve the “health service for all” goal of the prime minister, the Minister of State for Health said here.

The medical colleges would produce 67,972 MBBS doctors and 30,228 post-graduate doctors a year, Choubey said, adding that presently the figure is 32,000 MBBS doctors and 12,000 PG doctors.

The increased seats would gradually bridge the gap by 2022, the minister told reporters.

He said Prime Minister Narendra Modi wants to bring down the infant mortality rate and maternal mortality rate in the country.

The prime minister will launch the intensified Mission Indradhanush in Gujarat tomorrow to accelerate progress towards the goal of full immunisation coverage, Choubey said.

He inspected the Patliputra Medical College and Hospital and reviewed central government sponsored health plans.

How NEET high scorers, pvt institutes colluded to make a quick buck

An all-India examination for admission to medical and dental colleges, NEET replaced a clutch of separate entrance exams in 2016.

A section of candidates with high scores in the National Eligibility Cum Entrance Test (NEET) colluded with private colleges to block seats till the last minute, allowing the institutes to sell the seats to low rank holders, an HT investigation has found.

An all-India examination for admission to medical and dental colleges, NEET replaced a clutch of separate entrance exams in 2016.

The scam has come to light years after the multi-layered exam-rigging scandal in Madhya Pradesh, commonly known as the Vyapam scam, which saw a racket of touts, officials and candidates rig entrance tests to professional medical colleges between 2004 and 2013.

In the latest scam, HT found that the high-scoring candidates blocked the seats in the initial counselling rounds and withdrew in the last minute so that the colleges could trade the vacancies for money.

Private colleges in at least three states — Bihar, Karnataka and Puducherrry – might be been involved in the corrupt practice, commission agents told HT.

And this is how they did it.

A high rank holder, who has already taken admission in another state, say Uttar Pradesh, went to Bihar, appeared in the first or second round of counselling and blocked a seat.

“We acted as a mediator between the college and some of the high rank holders. The deal varied between Rs 5 lakh to 20 lakh depending upon the colleges,” an agent said.

After the initial counselling rounds, a Supreme Court directive allows the designated authorities to provide a list of candidates in the order of merit to the colleges in the ratio 1:10, which means a list containing ten times more candidates than vacant seats.

“When it went to the college level, the high rank holders withdrew their claims increasing the vacancy and giving opportunities to colleges to use its own discretion,” the agent added.

Colleges gave seats even to candidates outside the list provided by the counselling authorities.

Prabhat Kumar, director of medical education in Bihar, admitted to the goings on.
“We asked candidates to deposit demand drafts in the name of the colleges. Perhaps that allowed candidate to collude with colleges to block seats,” says Kumar.
“The last-minute vacancy trend shows that seats were blocked. We will take steps to prevent that next time.”
Dr Sachidanand, director of medical education in Karnataka too admitted that there might be possibilities of blocking of seat because the Karnataka Examination Authority (KEA), designated to hold counselling, didn’t deposit original certificates of candidates.

“We thought it would cause inconvenience to the students,” Dr Sachidanand said.

Agents claim that the modus operandi was different in Karnataka.

“Seats were allotted in private colleges but the first-year fee worth Rs 6.32 lakh was deposited with the KEA. So the college agreed to pay the candidate the first year fee along with the commission to block the seat because candidate has to forfeit Rs 6.32 lakh for the withdrawal,” says the agent.

In Puducherry, the Central Admission Committee (Centac), the designated authority for counselling, found that at the mop-up round the total number of vacant seats were 96 but colleges admitted more than 150 students.

“It means dozens of students had blocked the seat and withdrew at the last moment,” said a senior official from Centac.

The private colleges didn’t admit a single student from the list of 960 that Centac gave it.

When contacted, PT Rudra Goud, co-ordinator, Centac, said, “We have received admission details from all the colleges and we are examining it.”

Other states, such as Punjab and Rajasthan, denied any such possibility of seat blocking as officials said that they didn’t hand over seats to the colleges beforehand.

“Even the last candidate who was allotted seat in a college was through government counselling,” said Dr Raj Bahadur, vice chancellor, Baba Farid University of Health Sciences.

Panel proposes Rs 5.5 lakh fees for merit, management MBBS seats

Panel proposes Rs 5.5 lakh fees for merit, management MBBS seats

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The Justice R Rajendra Babu Commission has proposed the fees for the merit and management quota MBBS seats in medical colleges in the state at Rs 5.5 lakh per annum. The fees for NRI seats will be Rs 20 lakh.

This is a steep hike compared to last year’s fees where the amount for 20% seats was just Rs 25,000 and for 30% seats it was Rs 2.5 lakh. This year, there will be a unified fee structure for all seats.

However, the self-financing management association has refused to accept the proposal and has demanded that merit and management quota fees should be fixed at Rs 10 lakh. The association has decided to move court for approval to collect higher fees.

Merit and management quota seats will account for 85% of the total seats in each college this year. Since there would be a unified fee structure for all colleges this year, the government had held several rounds of discussions with the managements for reaching a consensus on the fees.

With the managements not accepting the government proposals, the health minister had asked the fee regulatory commission to fix the fee structure. The commission too held several rounds of discussions with the managements.

“The commission proposal is unacceptable and the managements will move court. The fee structure was fixed without doing any home work,’’ said Muslim Educational Society (MES) president P A Fazal Gafoor.

The Christian managements’ association has, meanwhile, accepted the new fee structure and has decided to go ahead with the admission procedures. “We will soon sign the agreement in this regard with the government,” said George Paul of Christian management association.

As per the commission, the fee structure is temporary and the managements have been given two months’ time to approach the commission to submit the details of their expenses and revenue. After that a permanent fee structure will be fixed by the commission.

Even though the fee for NRI seats have been increased to Rs 20 lakh from Rs 15 lakh, the additional Rs 5 lakh has to be spent by the management on scholarships for below poverty line (BPL) students.

All six new AIIMS turn out to be non-starter

 

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Former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s ambitious vision to have at least one AIIMS-like hospital in every region of the country seems to have developed Achilles’s heel as all the six AIIMS approved during his regime is proving to be a non-starter. According to the latest report, all the six AIIMS approved by the Vajpayee government are running short of faculties and footfalls of patients are 10 times lesser in comparison to the parent AIIMS in the national capital.

Given the present condition of six AIIMS, it looks very challenging task for the government to expedite 20 more new AIIMS on the lines of Delhi’s premier health institute. The report shows that all the six new AIIMS, which were established to reduce increasing patient burden on Delhi AIIMS, not proving to be a saviour for 60 per cent patients visiting Delhi AIIMS for quality treatment at affordable prices. In AIIMS-Delhi, about 2,300 patients get admitted every month while 8,500 surgeries are being done every month, which is not the case with all six AIIMS.

According to the report, just 750 patients are visiting AIIMS-Raipur during OPD hours every day, while the hospital conducts only 16 surgeries in a month and 250 patients get admission. Similarly, the condition of AIIMS-Patna is also as like other regional AIIMS as the hospital get 1,040 patients during OPD hours, while 325 surgeries in a month and 370 admissions.

Notably, AIIMS-Patna was opened to provide AIIMS-Delhi like treatment to patients from Bihar in their own state only, but it’s not working as patients from Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, etc are still contributing to 60 per cent footfall of all the patients at the premier institute.

AIIMS-Jodhpur witnesses 1,600 patients during OPD hours, with 450 surgeries and 750 admissions; AIIMS-Rishikesh sees 1,250 patient footfall, 300 surgeries and 725 admissions; AIIMS-Bhubaneswar has 1,750 patients at OPD, 600 surgeries and 1,550 admissions and AIIMS-Bhopal get only 950 patients during OPD hours in a day, with 150 surgeries and just 350 admissions.

On the faculty front, AIIMS Raipur has just 79, AIIMS Patna has just 52, AIIMS Jodhpur has 99, AIIMS Rishikesh has 86, AIIMS Bhubaneswar has 137 and AIIMS Bhopal has just 54 faculties. Every AIIMS has less than one-fourth of total sanctioned faculty strength of 305.

AIIMS Statistics

AIIMS OPD Admission Surgery Faculties
Delhi 10000 2300 8500 594
Bhopal 950 350 150 54
Bhubaneswar 1750 1550 600 137
Jodhpur 1600 750 450 99
Patna 1040 370 325 52
Raipur 750 250 16 79
Rishikesh 1250 725 300 86

NBE is compromising super speciality medical education in India

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Guest article by Edmond Fernandes.

“NBE should rise up to engage and mature with the medical community which continues to re-discover itself through the extra-ordinary school of experience, learning daily from the corridors of a medical ward, interacting with communities and inspiring hope and faith in life, every day. NBE must instil supernatural confidence into the minds of young medical doctors and build capacity among ordinary working people to change the course of human history.”  – Edmond Fernandes , CEO, Center for Health and Development (CHD Group)

 After having studied the website of National Board of Examinations (NBE), I learnt that it was set up in 1975 with the prime objective of improving the quality of medical education by putting in place standards of post graduate examinations in modern medicine and by raising by the bar, on a pan-India basis. Today medical education in India is messy, be it for undergraduate, post graduate or so-called super speciality branches. To make matters worse, we have NBE which is a place where paradoxes reign supreme. NBE does not provide a national vision any more with international partnerships, smart ideas and the capacity to nurture the same at institutions by bringing in aptitude, communication and scrutinizing the CV. From 1975 till date, the model of examination is merely rot-learning. Those who wish to leave India to settle abroad, end up engaging in research, working with organisations to enhance their CV because in the west, collecting degrees or cracking examination is not the only criterion for suitability at good medical schools or high offices. Quality is judged from different parameters which focus on an inclusive individuality, not merely on NBE way of life.

Dilemmas galore

A doctor aspiring for a super speciality seat in MCH-Surgical Oncology can be eligible if the doctor has done MS- Ortho/Surgery/ENT/Gynaecology. How can a person who has done Orthopaedics who essentially deals with bones or an ENT Surgeon now be competent enough to deal with any kind of surgical cancers without having done a regular General Surgery or at least Fellowship of not less than two years duration ?

Likewise, for a DM- Cardiology, a doctor who has done MD-General Medicine/Paediatrics/ Pulmonology can qualify, which does not make complete sense because a person from a paediatric or pulmonology background without adequate exposure of Adult Medicine, other than the exposure obtained during MBBS days would not be the most competent. At least a fellowship programme of one year must be mandated.

Having given the basic differences that is existing and in contrast, it is worthwhile to note that MD-Community Medicine candidates cannot be eligible for DM – Infectious Disease/Cardiology and Neurology as per the current NBE trend.

Another fascinating thing about NBE is that different candidates from different eligible PG branches are given their own percentiles and no merit list is published by NBE. DNB-Super Speciality exams are held separately and NEET-Super speciality exam are held separately and this should be standardized at the earliest in order to create level playing fields.

DNB-Community Medicine

It is absolutely ridiculous that the powers that be in DNB have never introduced DNB – Community Medicine as a full-time course and rather have willingly offered DNB- Community Medicine after doing an MD- Community Medicine. Barring one or two institutes in the country, DNB-Community Medicine is not a full-time course when in-fact, the clinical material at District Hospitals, Community Health Centres (CHCs), Primary Health Centres (PHC’s) is beyond measure and the work force could have been easily utilized for the same.

Community Medicine is the heart of the very health systems and DNB has never been able to understand the philosophy of Community Medicine which exposes a pernicious under-belly of compromise. At a time when the world converges to strengthen community medicine and public health, the indifference within the DNB is palpable. Perhaps an Arab Spring in Health care for India needs to happen urgently, only then the decision makers wake up to engage, to dialogue and to change the processes that urgently seek change.

DISCLAIMER : Views expressed above are the author’s own.

Illegal ‘PG degrees’ plague emergency medicine

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You might shell out big bucks when wheeled into the emergency ward of a large private hospital, but do you also get the best trained doctors in emergency medicine?

Most of these hospital emergency departments are staffed with MBBS graduates lured into illegal courses that claim to be giving a master’s in emergency medicine (MEM). From the number of patients they get to see, to the quality of faculty who train them, a number of questions have been raised. The Medical Council of India (MCI) has notified all such courses as illegal and hence not to be registered as additional qualification.

The MCI and the National Board of Examination (NBE) have strict criteria regarding how large a patient load an emergency department needs to start postgraduate specialisation in the discipline, and a highly competitive entrance exam to get a seat. Preying on the insecurity of those unable to clear such exams are a plethora of supposed MEM programmes offered by various hospitals that masquerade as postgraduate degree courses.

The two main MEM programmes offered include one by the Society of Emergency Medicine of India (SEMI), and the other by various corporate hospitals in conjunction with George Washington University (GWU) in the US. SEMI president Dr T S Srinath Kumar says they don’t claim to give a postgraduate degree.

“Our MEM is just a certificate given by SEMI. It is the MEM given by GWU that the MCI declared illegal, not ours,” he said. While he claims that SEMI-MEMs will be phased out by 2020, they started the course in 15 more hospitals last year and six more this year. Currently, about 86 centres are churning out about 350 MEMs each year. There are 79 seats for MD in emergency medicine in 28 medical colleges, and 248 DNB (Diplomate of National Board) seats for it in 50 institutions .

In the case of the MEM offered through a tie-up with GWU, the numbers have gone up from three centres to 11, with as many as 6-10 students in each centre – about 100 MEMs a year. About 74 doctors from eight centres got a GWU-MEM in 2016. Students are being charged Rs 4 lakh to 6 lakh per year as fees. Though they promote it as a postgraduate master’s programme of an American university on their website, the fine print says that the ‘degree’ is not recognised in the US.

The MCI does not allow parallel courses in colleges with MD (postgraduate course) seats to prevent students’ training from getting diluted. However, many hospitals and medical colleges running DNB courses are also running MEM courses. For instance, Peerless Hospital in Kolkata has four DNB seats, for which the requisite patient load is 6,000-10,000 annually (16-27 patients per day. It is also running the GWU-MEM with about 12 seats. So the faculty and the patient load meant to teach the 12 (4×3) DNB students is being used to teach an additional 36 MEM students since it is a three-year course. This severely limits the quality of the DNB training. This is happening in several institutions where MEM courses are being run along with DNB, though the NBE is categorical that it “does not allow concurrent administration of any programme with DNB Emergency Medicine”.

In many of the institutions running both DNB and MEM, faculty qualification too is an issue. Unlike the MCI, inspection reports of hospitals given DNB seats are not in the public domain. Hence, one does not know if the faculty counted during inspection and those shown on the hospital website are the same.

On hospital websites, most of the ‘faculty’ in the emergency departments have qualifications like MEM or even diploma in emergency medicine, which are not qualifications recognised by the MCI, the medical regulator of the country. The NBE spokesperson told: “MEM qualification has never been accepted as an eligible qualification for being DNB Emergency Medicine faculty. There is no approved faculty in any NBE accredited department with MEM qualification.”

However, in MIMS, Kozhikode, which has 8 DNB seats for emergency medicine, Dr PP Venugopalan is shown as faculty for both DNB and GWU-MEM, which has 10 seats. Barring him, no other emergency department faculty has any qualification other than MEM going by the hospital website. Dr Venugopalan also does not accept that GWU-MEM is illegal. “We have filed for reversal in the MCI and we have the course running in five hospitals of our group,” said Dr Venugopalan . However, MCI president Dr Jayshree Mehta told that the MCI had alerted the public at large not to enrol themselves in such courses and declared these courses “unrecognised and unauthorised” and therefore “not legal”.

AIIMS MBBS 2017 paper leaked, says Vyapam whistleblower, Institute orders probe

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Following the complaints by activist Dr Anand Rai over the AIIMS MBBS 2017 entrance exam question papers leaked, the premier medical institute has constituted a committee to probe the issue. Rai, known as the whistleblower of the Vyapam scam in Madhya Pradesh has been actively involved in exposing malpractices in medical examinations like NEET. In a series of tweets, he posted desktop images of question papers of the entrance examination, held across the country on May 28.

The All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) said it has constituted a committee to inquire into the matter and it is in contact with the investigation agencies for necessary action once the facts are ascertained. “I suggest the committee to cross check the answers and the results of those 70 students,” said Rai.

He also alleged that the paper was leaked from the MC Saxena College in Lucknow. “They have allowed the racketeers to enter the exam centre and take screen shot. About 70 students are involved in this malpractices,” he said.

Rai pointed out that the cheating format is similar to the 2012 AIIMS PG paper leak where they targetted an exam centre, scanned question papers which were sent to the Noida control room. The answers were then sent to the candidates.

In a statement, AIIMS has said that they’ll look into the matter. “The AIIMS has constituted a committee to inquire into the matter. The committee shall look into the matter immediately and submit a report at the earliest,” said the institute.

It also said that the administration is also in contact with the government investigation agencies in this regard. “Immediate and further necessary action shall be taken once the facts are ascertained,” the statement said.  The AIIMS online entrance test was held in two shifts, adding that the screenshots clearly prove that the question papers were leaked while the examination was going on.