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These students, whose candidatures had been either cancelled or withdrawn, had “cleared” entrance tests conducted by Jharkhand Combined Entrance Competitive Examination Board (JCECEB).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

Probe on fake admissions in Jharkhand medical colleges

October 12, 2008 :Ranchi: A vigilance probe has been ordered in admissions to three Jharkhand medical colleges in which the written examination and counselling were taken by people impersonating as the candidate, a minister said Sunday.

Jharkhand Health Minister Bhanu Pratap Sahi announced that a vigilance probe has been ordered in the fake admissions that took place in the three medical colleges.

In Jharkhand over two dozen fake cases were detected in three medical colleges -Rajendra Medical Institute of Science (RIMS), Ranchi, Mahatma Gandhi Medical College and Hospital, Jamshedpur and Patliputra Medical College and Hospital (PMCH), Dhanbad.

Nine students have been removed on forgery ground and an inquiry is being carried out in the respective medical institutes. Most of the students belong to the first year of 2008-2009 batch.

According to sources in RIMS, the dummy candidates appeared for counselling and written examination. The passport size photographs were replaced after the admission was cleared by the institutes.

"We have asked our departmental secretary to recommend vigilance probe in the fake admission in the medical colleges. The inquiry will take place since 2000 and find out the legality and validity of the admissions," Sahi told reporters.

Till now nine students have been removed from the three medical colleges of the state. Four students were removed from RIMS Ranchi.

"The dummy candidates appeared in written examination on behalf of the students by replacing the photographs. Dummy candidates also appeared in counselling. When the students were finally allocated seats in the medical colleges they got the photographs replaced in connivance with staff of the medical colleges," an RIMS official told IANS.

Around 30 students are under the scanner and the medical colleges are probing the legality of the admission. Sources in RIMS revealed that two students of previous batches were also found to have forged their documents to get admission. (IANS)

Cath-lab, oxygen unit for RIMS

Ranchi, Sept.18: Critical patients would now receive better facilities at Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) as the hospital now has a Cath-lab to treat the heart patients and a centralised oxygen delivery system to help those who need breathing support.

The Health and Family welfare minister Bhanu Pratap Shahi inaugurated the new Cath-lab and the Liquid Oxygen Central Gas Pipeline System at the hospital this evening. Both the facilities were in demand for a long time as RIMs receives critical referral patients from the hospitals and nursing homes of the state. Most of these patients require immediate medical intervention.

A cath-lab provides diagnostic imaging facilities, which helps a heart specialist in reaching the heart of a patient through his veins. It is helpful in several procedures related with treatment of heart ailments including the pace maker installation.

The cath-lab installed at RIMS is a new generation flat panel detector catherization laboratory, AXION dFC, which cost Rs 3.30crore. The equipment will enable the doctor to diagnose possible heart attacks at an early stage. The lab is beside the causality operation theatre (COT) of the RIMS and it has been installed by the Font System Private Limited.

The Liquid Oxygen Central Gas Pipeline System is an arrangement of supplying oxygen gas directly to the bed of patient from a liquid oxygen tank in the same manner as water is supplied from water reservoir to every tap of a house.

At RIMS, oxygen gas will be supplied to outlets near 1000 beds, operation theatre, intensive care unit, trauma centre and other places from a 10 kilo leter (KL) liquid oxygen tank passing through oxygen vapouriser and pipeline. A Haldia based company, Praxier, will supply liquid oxygen gas to the tank.

NSP Hospitech India Private Limted, a Delhi based company, has installed the system on the direction of Sciemed Overseas Inc, a Patna based company. The project involved an amount of Rs.4.5 crore.

The plant has been installed behind the kitchen of RIMS. It has all types of necessary arrangement to ensure regular supply of quality oxygen to the patients. There is main control panel to operate machines. There is a silent generator of 82.5kv to ensure regular supply of power to system.

Apart from this, 20 cylinders, each of 140 kg has been kept in reserve to ensure regular supply of oxygen. in case of any maintenance work in the system.

Clean chit for RIMS director

Ranchi, Sept. 10: The three-member probe committee constituted by the health department found RIMS director N.N. Agarwal non-guilty of driving a poor patient out of the hospital on September 3, sources said.

The committee, however, found Agarwal guilty of sending the patient to the Bariatu police station instead of making arrangements for his treatment.

There was no need of sending the patient to the police station (who was roaming on the premises listlessly). RIMS only had to inform the police about the patient. The rest of the inquiry could have been done without disturbing him — the probe committee observed.

The committee recorded the statement of eight persons, including the patient’s son Rajesh Oroan. The committee also found that the patient was missing from his house for the past six months.

Probe committee chairman V.K. Munda submitted his report to health secretary Pradeep Kumar. Official confirmation of the report is still awaited.

While Kumar refused to comment on the matter as he had not gone through the report yet, Munda said: “His work was just limited to submitting the report to the government and not sharing it with anyone.”

The probe committee comprising director-in-chief of health and family welfare department Jitendra Kumar, joint secretary V.K. Munda and deputy director Anjali Das was constituted last Saturday by Kumar.

The probe continued till Tuesday.

The probe was set up after a poor patient, who was allegedly driven out of RIMS by Agarwal on September 3, died on following day. It was the first time that a probe committee was set against the RIMS director.

Agarwal was also served a showcause notice by the health department secretary, who said a criminal case should be initiated against him for driving a patient out of the hospital.

The secretary also asked Agarwal to submit a copy of his postgraduate certificates and alleged him of financial irregularities.

Agarwal co-operated with the probe committee but refused to reply to the showcause notices of the health secretary challenging the latter’s authority to issue a showcause notice to a director of an autonomous body.

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