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Fake admissions in Jharkhand Medical colleges

Ranchi, May 3: The vigilance team, assigned to detect fake admission cases in state-run medical colleges, has shortlisted 25 students of Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Medical College and Hospital (MGM) in Jamshedpur.
The team will interrogate the students tomorrow.

The shortlisted students are enrolled in different batches of the institute and discrepancies have been found in some of their documents submitted during admission in the medical college.

The vigilance department detected the discrepancies after its first round of document verification from November 1 last year. The documents were collected from different sources.

Vigilance director-general Neyaz Ahmed and deputy inspector-general Vinay Kumar Pandey refused to comment on the matter.

Deputy superintendent of police (vigilance) P.K. Karn, however, said that it was an effort to talk to the students directly and collect something from them. "Shortlisting of candidates and talking to them directly is a part of inquiry. It may help us zero in on the real culprit," he said.

Sources said the students were scared of the questions to be put up before them. "None of the students has faced any vigilance officer and they are worried. While some of them are busy finding faults in their documents, some are worried about their signature they had put at different places. There are some also who are worried about frequent changes in address because of transferable jobs of their parents," said a friend of one of the students.

The vigilance team, in process of investigation, had collected thumb impression, handwriting and photographs besides permanent and local addresses of more than 150 MBBS students of RIMS, MGM and Patliputra Medical College and Hospital, Dhanbad.

Then health minister Bhanu Pratap Sahi ordered the vigilance inquiry into the entire episode on October 11 last year after authorities at RIMS and Jharkhand Combined Entrance Competitive Examination Board stumbled upon at least seven cases of fake admission.

A preliminary investigation suggested that the photographs affixed on the students' Class XII admit cards and board forms did not bear resemblance to their faces. Source:telegraphindia

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