Cheating racket fallout: PGIMER cancels MD/MS entrance exams

As a fallout of the cheating racket unearthed by CBI, the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) has cancelled its MD/MS entrance examination held last week.

"The examination has been cancelled. Now, another date for holding the entrance test for the MD (doctor of medicine) /MS (master of surgery) will be announced later," PGIMER's spokesperson, Manju Wadwalkar said on Thursday.

She said in the absence of PGIMER Director Dr Y K Chawla, a meeting was chaired by the institute's acting director, Dr Vinay Sakhuja and attended by senior functionaries, after which the decision to cancel the examination was taken.

The decision will affect 7,300 candidates, who appeared for the 78 post graduation seats in various departments of PGIMER in 11 different examination centres that were set up in this city.

PGIMER sources said the new MD/MS entrance examination was likely to be held in December this year.

They said the decision to cancel the entrance examination was taken keeping in mind that it was not known how many candidates were beneficiaries in the cheating, and therefore, it would be in the interest of all genuine candidates, to take such a step.

Earlier, the institute had withheld for an indefinite period the result of the 7,300 candidates who had appeared for its MD/MS entrance examination on Saturday after it came to fore during the CBI investigations that seven girls nabbed by the investigating agency on the same day were appearing merely to leak the question paper thereby acting as facilitators for some other candidates.

Besides the seven girls, mostly matriculates and Class XII pass-outs, the CBI had also arrested nine others, including kingpin of the cheating racket.

The girls, who were acting as facilitators for other beneficiaries, were using hi-tech gadgets including bluetooth devices, smart phones and buttonhole cameras to transmit questions to other gang members who were outside the examination centres after which solved questions were relayed back.

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