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PGI to introduce jammers, metal detectors

November 18, 2012

Waking up from deep slumber, the PGI, Chandigarh, has decided to introduce metal detectors and jammers in the MD/MS entrance examination. The examination will be rescheduled in the second week of December as the examination held on November 10 has been cancelled following a scam.

In addition to the seven girls caught using sophisticated devices for cheating during the examination, there were 20 youths, suspected to be the beneficiaries of the scam, who easily sneaked into the examination halls with mobiles phones and other gadgets and escaped the vigil.

Despite the fact that a similar incident took place during the same examination two years ago, the PGI failed to ensure adequate measures to check defaulters. The institution not only failed to install jammers, metal detectors or CCTV cameras at the examination centres but also did not bother to check the eligibility of the applicants while issuing the admit cards for the entrance examination.

In 2010, CBI sleuths had arrested two PGI junior resident doctors who had got admission after clearing the entrance examination with the help of impersonators.

In a communication sent to mediapersons here, PGI spokesperson Manju Wadwalkar said, “In order to prevent the use of unfair means, metal detectors and jammers will be used at all examination centres and frisking of candidates will be done prior to their entry.”

The Dean, PGI, Dr Amod Gupta, said, “This time we will ensure that students do not sneak in with gadgets. The exact procedure and arrangement cannot be disclosed, but there will be strict vigilance at the examination centres.”

The PGI had not even cross-checked the authenticity of photocopies of certificates while issuing the admit cards. PGI officials said the admit cards were issued on the basis of photocopies of certificates produced by the candidates. 

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