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Fake medics under scanner at RIMS Ranchi

Ranchi, Oct. 12: The authenticity of about 400 aspiring doctors pursuing their MBBS in three medical colleges of the state who got admissions during 2006, 2007 and 2008 would be checked after government authorities prima facie stumbled on at least nine cases of alleged fake admissions.

These students, whose candidatures had been either cancelled or withdrawn, had “cleared” entrance tests conducted by Jharkhand Combined Entrance Competitive Examination Board (JCECEB).

They were either eligible for admission or had got themselves enrolled in Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS), Ranchi, and Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Medical College and Hospital (MGM), Jamshedpur.

Chances of fake admissions in Pataliputra Medical College and Hospital (PMCH), Dhanbad, have also not been ruled out.

Moreover, chances of foul play in engineering, polytechnic, agriculture and veterinary admissions cannot be ruled out either, accepted JCECEB member secretary Arun Kumar, who is also the director (technical education) of state science and technology department.

State health minister Bhanu Pratap Sahi has already ordered for a vigilance probe into the MBBS admissions since 2000 when the new state was formed.

This implies that admissions into three medical colleges since the 2000 academic session would come under scanner.

JCECEB authorities are puzzled that their “foolproof” digital photography technique to minimise chances of impersonation has been cracked by the dubious MBBS aspirants.

Explaining the modus operandi, JCECEB’s officer on special duty R.K. Singh said that in all stages, like filling up of application forms for entrance tests, appearing for the entrance tests, attending the counselling and even during admissions in colleges, dummy candidate were used.

When classes are held, the real students came to attend the same.

Singh also feared that photographs of both the dummy candidate and the original were digitally flayed to confuse the JCECEB and medical college authorities.

The Telegraph had reported that the board is contemplating introducing the biometric system, using thumb impressions of the aspirants for admission.

“We are in touch with a Hyderabad-based software company to procure the technique. But we do not know whether it would also be foolproof or not,” said Singh.

At present, digital photographs of the aspirants are checked during entrance tests and counselling to ascertain that the same candidate appears at these times.

The list of successful candidates, along with the photographs, is sent to the respective medical or engineering colleges for admission.

In the past couple of years, few candidates had been caught impersonating either during the tests or counselling.

Medical colleges here would re-open after Puja vacations on Monday.

Students who have taken admissions have been asked to submit their photographs by the earliest for a physical verification.

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