'PGI interview system was hard to crack without internal involvement'

  • Vishav Bharti, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Jun 19, 2015 10:26 IST

The recruitment interviews of technicians were so fool proof that even the board interviewing the candidates did not have any knowledge about the credentials of candidates appearing before them. In such a scenario, some outsider getting an access to confidential information of the candidates has left even the interview board members in a fix.

A large number of job aspirants who appeared at the Post-Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) for the post of medical and laboratory technicians got calls in which they were asked to pay bribery for selection.

According to sources, the system of recruitment was so confidential that even the people on the board did not know about the identity of the candidates. The sources revealed that there were a total of 12 people on the board, who were interviewing the candidates. Neither the candidates nor the board members knew that who will appear in front which board.

On arrival, the candidates were given a sticker with barcode. As the candidate appeared before the board, he/she was asked to paste a sticker and the marks were given on the sticker with the barcode. The sticker would be later decoded by information technology cell of the institute.

In such a scenario, the question arises how the racketeers were able to access confidential information of the candidates.
A senior official of the institute, who was associated with recruitment process, said when the board did not have knowledge about the candidates how can an outsider have the information. "One can't rule out the internal involvement," he said.

However as per the police investigation, they couldn't find any internal involvement. The Hindustan Times on last Wednesday reported how several candidates, who had recently appeared in the test held for the post of technician, received calls, wherein the caller asked them to pay anywhere between Rs 2 lakh and Rs 4 lakh for securing a job at the PGIMER. The caller, claiming to be a PGI official, had called only those who had cleared the written examination and got the interview calls.

To prove his credibility, the caller also shared confidential information of the candidates. Following the reports, the PGIMER administration had complained to the police, following which Ashok Kumar, 59, and Khyali Ram Meena, 46, were arrested on Monday by the cyber cell of the UT police. Earlier, Ashok Kumar's son Mohit, 23, and Harpreet Singh, 38, were arrested in the case.

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