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Fate of 7,000 students in dock as PGIMER cancels MD/MS exam

November 15, 2012

In a major setback to over 7,000 MS/MD aspirants, city’s prestigious medical institute, the Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) on Wednesday decided to cancel the entrance examination held on November 10. It has not been decided as yet as to when the exam will be reconducted.

The Central Bureau of Investigation on Saturday raided 11 examinations centres where MS/MD entrance tests for the premier institute were being held and arrested seven girls and eight boys. These candidates were engaged in copying with the help of sophisticated electronic gadgets like laptops, micro earphones, sophisticated mobile phones, bluetooth devices and special clothes fitted with the devices.
All the arrested candidates belonged to Andhra Pradesh and have been remanded to police custody till November 15.
The decision was taken in a meeting attended by senior officials of the institute. According to reports, the decision has been taken keeping in mind the fact that since it is not certain as to how many candidates were beneficiaries of the paper leakage, it would be in the interest of all the genuine candidates, to cancel the exam.
Significantly, more than 7,000 candidates from across the country had appeared for the examination to take admission against 200 postgraduate seats in various medical and surgical specialties.
The raid has raised serious questions on the invigilation process of the reputed medical institute, whose entrance test is considered one of the toughest examination in the country.

A similar incident had taken place in 2010 wherein it was revealed that two doctors had gained admission in the prestigious institute after impersonators had appeared on their behalf and had cleared the entrance exam conducted by the PGIMER.

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