Panic and uncertainty prevail on Gwalior’s Gajra Raja Medical College in the wake of the college administration’s move to expel students from the campus on the charges of their alleged involvement in Vyapam scam.
After expelling 23 students earlier this month, the college administration is set to expel 27 more students from batch 2006 to 2012 for clearing the exam by allegedly using unfair means during examinations, including impersonation.
At least 2,800 people have been arrested and hundreds are wanted in the scandal with multiple rackets helping candidates manoeuvre the examinations for money, including employing imposters to write test papers, manipulating seating arrangements as well as supplying forged answer sheets.
Gajra Raja Medical College acted against the students after a panel set up by the state’s directorate of medical education found them guilty of fraud.
However, sources say a high-level committee of the institute will take a final call on March 31.
In February 2015, the Jabalpur high court ordered the directorate of medical education to allow these students to pursue their studies and also asked the SIT to continue the probe.
The college’s legal cell head Nidhi Patankar refused to comment on the matter.
The CBI took over the Vyapam probe last year after dozens of accused, beneficiaries, whistle-blowers and witnesses died mysteriously, with many alleging there was a systematic attempt to scuttle the inquiry that has singed top bureaucrats and politicians.
The students facing expulsion were named in a charge sheet by a special investigation team (SIT).
The college has kept their names secret over fears that they could approach the courts to stall its decision.
Panic-stricken students and teachers said they didn’t want to speak to the media about the issue.
The 23 students who were expelled this month tried to submit a memorandum to college dean SN Iyengar, demanding revocation of the decision. Iyengar, however, refused to take the note.
“The college shouldn’t have thrown us out as the court has given us relief and allowed us to continue studies till further orders,” said a student on condition of anonymity. “If the charges against us are not proved, who will be responsible for spoiling our career?”
The college has so far expelled 133 students, who were admitted between 2006 and 2012, for alleged fraud.
“Investigation is being carried out at three levels,” said GS Patel, the state’s director of medical education. “We are recommending the names to the college and the college committee will take the final decision.”