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PGIMER Chandigarh exam fraud: No lessons learnt

November 12, 2012

This was not the first time that impersonation has hit PGIMER entrance exams. In 2010, two doctors – Amit Musale and Sujay Sonawane — who were pursuing post-graduation in the hospital had confessed to having used impersonators to clear the institute’s MD/MS exams.

Apparently there has been no lesson learnt from that case. On Saturday, seven girls managed to enter the examination halls with smart phones and click pictures of question papers to leak them. As a guard against impersonation, the institute had introduced biometric cards for candidates. Apparently, the measure failed to work this time around. The PGI officials claimed that they also videograph the entire examination process.

“We have biometrics so that no one can impersonate. The card has to be produced three times to authenticate the identity. At the time when a candidate sits for the entrance, counselling and the final interview, the biometric card is asked for. No one can go scot-free,” said Kusum Joshi, sub-dean, PGI.

In the 2010 case, the impersonators were paid Rs 80 lakh to Rs 1.2 crore for appearing in the exams. The anti-corruption branch of CBI had arrested two junior resident doctors, both from Maharashtra, of PGI who cleared the entrance exams with the help of impersonators. Sonawane wanted paediatrics and Musale had opted for pharmacology for their post-graduation degrees.

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