A year after a probe exposed fraudulent admissions to medical colleges that rocked the Shivraj Singh Chouhan government in Madhya Pradesh, there are no takers for 21 vacant seats in private medical colleges, an official said on Tuesday.
The official said 21 seats for the MBBS course in the state were lying vacant after seat allotment processes were over.
But state medical education officials pleaded helplessness, saying that candidates were not forthcoming to seek admission for the vacant seats.
"It never happened earlier in the state," said state directorate of medical education joint director Dr NM Shrivastava.
"We don't have candidates to fill the seats."
"Out of 150 seats of RKDF medical college, 21 seats of (the) state quota seats are vacant," he said.
Madhya Pradesh has seven private and five government medical colleges.
While there are 1050 seats in private medical colleges, government medical colleges have some 800 seats.
The entrance scam, exposed in July last year, have made officials in the state medical education department more circumspect.
Impostors were allegedly paid huge amounts ranging between Rs 10 and 50 lakh for ‘helping’ candidates crack the pre-medical test (PMT).
"Despite extension of seat allotment dates by the Supreme Court, the seats remained vacant," said a senior department official, who was not authorised to speak to the media.
Former medical faculty members, however, were more candid.
"After the PMT scam broke out in the state, it was possible that people, who were willing to spend lakhs to get their wards admitted into a medical college, were now exercising caution," said Dr Shyam Agarwal, a former faculty member at the Gandhi Medical College.
"Following the revelation of scam, the whole process of seat allotment has become much more transparent now and chances of irregularities have reduced in the same measure."