Over 7,200 affected after PGI cancels MD/MS exam paper

Gurivi Reddy

No date announced for when exam will be reconducted

Four days after the CBI arrested 16 persons involved in leaking the MD/MS entrance exam paper and large scale cheating, the PGI authorities on Wednesday decided to cancel the entrance examination.

In the absence of the director of the institute, Dr Y K Chawla, sources said the decision was taken in a meeting attended by senior functionaries of the institute including dean Dr Amod Gupta, officiating director Dr Vinay Sakhuja besides deputy director (administration) Chetan P S Rao and others.

Sources said that the decision has been taken keeping in mind the fact that since it is not certain as to how many candidates were beneficiaries of the paper leakage, it would be in the interest of all the genuine candidates, to cancel the exam. However, it has not been decided as yet as to when the exam will be reconducted.

The decision will affect over 7,200 candidates who appeared for the 78 post graduation seats in various departments of PGI at 11 different exam centres in the city.

Despite repeated attempts, Manju Wadwalkar, PGIMER spokesperson, could not be contacted for comments.

On November 10, a CBI team arrested the gang members — including seven girls who were on mostly matriculates and class XII passouts — who were utilising hi-tech gadgets including bluetooth devices, smart phones and buttonhole cameras to transmit questions to other gang members located at nearby hotels.

Serious lapses

The scam has blown the lid off serious lapses on part of PGI authorities in the way the exam is conducted, especially after a similar incident had taken place in 2010 wherein it was revealed that two doctors had gained admission in the prestigious institute after impersonators had appeared on their behalf and had cleared the entrance exam conducted by the PGI.

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