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Agents contact DMAT candidates in Bhopal, promise admissions

Many Dental and Medical Test (DMAT-2015) candidates and their parents in Bhopal claimed they were contacted before and after the examination by “agents” on their mobile numbers through calls and SMSes, raising questions on security of information.

education Updated: Oct 14, 2015 12:19 IST
HT Correspondent
On the final day of the counselling for DMAT 2015 on Tuesday, candidates and their parents alleged a host of irregularities and demanded enquiry in the counselling procedure.
On the final day of the counselling for DMAT 2015 on Tuesday, candidates and their parents alleged a host of irregularities and demanded enquiry in the counselling procedure.(HT file photo)

Many Dental and Medical Test (DMAT-2015) candidates and their parents in Bhopal claimed they were contacted before and after the examination by “agents” on their mobile numbers through calls and SMSes, raising questions on security of information.

SK Chouhan, father of a candidate from Delhi said that he received a call on October 6 from a lady in Delhi, who promised that they could help him in securing admission of my son in a medical college.

Sakshi Kala from Rewa said that she received an SMS message which hinted that if her son fails to secure admission in a medical college through DMAT this time, they can help us in 2016.

The SMS reads, “Admission 2015 date is over except MP Dmat, if u failed to secure seat dis year, MBBS-2016 Mgmt quota in old and recognised booking started Prashant 902888…..”

Whistleblower Dr Anand Rai said agents get contact details of the candidates and their parents through the database of CBSE, which conducts the AIPMT.

“This database is sold to the agents, who then contact the parents. These agents have offices in major cities and start calling the parents before and after the tests to lure them,” he said, adding that the Supreme Court will hear their plea on DMAT on Friday.

Dr Rai said the government can always interfere with DMAT, especially when MBBS seats are being sold.

“Besides, Admission and Fees Regulatory Committee (AFRC), which hears the complaints against DMAT, is a state government body. Most of the toppers in the DMAT don’t feature in AIPMT selection list. Also, 150 seats of left out NRI quota seats have been filled through donation of Rs 70 to 80 lakhs without including them in counseling,” he said.

Whistleblower and former MLA Paras Saklecha told HT that he had submitted an application before the high court demanding a thorough probe in the DMAT test and counselling. “Court will hear our application on October 15,” he said.

APDMC’s version

Dr Ajay Goenka, a senior member of Association for Private Medical and Dental Colleges (APDMC) said he cannot control activities of agents contacting the candidates.

Terming the first online DMAT test a success, Dr Goenka said that during the counselling, 473 MBBS seats and over 200 BDS seats were allotted. He said only one question was wrong, for which proportionate marks were given out of 199. “If somebody had scored 60%, he got addition 0.6 in the score,” he added.

Candidates, parents allege lapses in counselling process, seek probe

Meanwhile, on the final day of the counselling for DMAT 2015 on Tuesday, candidates and their parents alleged a host of irregularities and demanded enquiry in the counselling procedure.

After bidding their time for the waiting list for a batch of 600 students who took part in the second round of counselling on Monday, candidates were informed on Tuesday that all MBBS seats had been allotted. Many applicants also lodged written complaints to Admission and Fees Regulatory Committee (AFRC).

“On Tuesday morning, I reached the counselling centre at 7 am and found a notice that all the MBBS seats had been allotted. But there was no information regarding the waiting list in case some candidates don’t complete the admission process,” said Rahul Pandey, father of candidate Ashita Pandey from Muzaffar Nagar, Uttar Pradesh.

SK Chouhan, father of candidate Gaurav Pratap from Delhi said, “On Friday afternoon around 3.30 pm, the DMAT put on its website that candidates have to submit a demand draft or a cheque of Rs 3.75 lakh. But they had mentioned of only Rs 2.75 lakh in the prospectus. The banks closed at 4 pm on Friday and remain closed on Saturday and Sunday.”

Lakshaman Das Aswani, father of candidate Mayank Aswani from Bairagarh, said his son ranked 339th and was allotted a MBBS seat in Chirayu Medical College. “When we reached Chirayu to complete the admission process, we were told that our file has been put on hold as we had not presented our original documents during the counselling. We have even deposited the fee. So I went to Lokayukta and submitted my written compliant there,” he said.