The All India Institute of Medical Sciences has been accused of violating norms laid down by the Supreme Court for post-graduate admissions to benefit its own students, affecting aspirants from other medical schools.
India’s premier medical school changed its selection procedure midway through its admission counselling to benefit its own MBBS graduates this year, reveal documents available with the Hindustan Times. Students have alleged that the institute illegally tried to keep aside twice the number of seats it is allowed, for preferential admission to its students. The institute has also drawn the ire of the health ministry.
In an affidavit submitted to the Supreme Court, the directorate general of health services (DGHS), which comes under the health ministry, has accused the AIIMS of violating norms despite repeated warnings.
Although AIIMS officials did not deny the charges when contacted, they said any “unconscious error” would be corrected.
The institute admits 60 students every year to its MBBS programme. According to Supreme Court orders, it is allowed to keep aside half the number — 30 seats — for preferential admission to PG seats for AIIMS candidates in the merit list.
The number of candidates called for counselling based on their entrance test ranks was four times the number of seats available.
AIIMS offered 84 general category PG seats across disciplines this year. Under SC norms, it was allowed to fill up to 30 seats with AIIMS candidates, who would not have obtained seats based on their rank, from among those called for counselling.
However, once it was evident midway through the counselling that only one AIIMS candidate figuring among those called for counselling was eligible for a preferential seat, the institute called off the counselling, the documents reveal.
Within hours, the documents show, AIIMS unveiled a new policy — calling candidates with ranks up to eight times the total number of seats, and therefore doubling the chance of AIIMS students making it to preferential seats.
Students present at the counselling have also alleged that AIIMS kept more than 30 seats aside for preferential treatment to its students.
The DGHS, in its affidavit, has dubbed the admissions policy “illegal” on two counts.
The AIIMS conducts PG admissions twice a year and has refused to set aside 50% of its seats for the All India Post Graduate Medical Test in violation of government norms and SC rulings.