Feeling jittery over the unearthing of a racket in entrance exam for postgraduate courses by the Central Bureau of Investigation, the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) on Sunday announced postponement of declaration of the results of test for MD/MS courses for an indefinite period.
In normal circumstances, the result would have been declared a day after the exam on Sunday. When contacted, PGIMER's official spokesperson Manju Wadwalkar confirmed the postponement of declaration of results. PGI officials did not rule out cancellation of the exam.
Sources at the institute revealed that the examination branch of the institute was conducting a scrutiny of the entire record of candidates who have appeared in the entrance test. A large number of candidates were suspected of submitting fake certificates to appear in the admission test.
"A final decision regarding the fate of the entrance examination will be taken once the entire record has been scrutinised," said Wadwalkar.
Significantly, it is not for the first time that questions have been raised over the entire admission process pertaining to postgraduate medical courses at the PGI. Earlier, the institute was hit by an admissions racket in September 2010, after CBI arrested two junior resident doctors -
Dr Amit Musale (pharmacology) and Dr Sujay Sonawane (paediatrics) - on charge of fraudulently securing admissions in the postgraduate courses. During investigation, it was allegedly found that both had secured admissions through impersonation.
Another doctor from the department of forensic medicine also left midway through the course, as his name too came under the CBI scanner last year.
Thereafter, PGIMER announced that it would scrutinise the record of past several years, so that those who got admissions at the institute through impersonation or other wrong means were identified and expelled. Mysteriously, the inquiry outcome was never revealed.
As for impersonation in the exam, PGIMER officials maintained that all candidates submitted photocopies of their certificates before the test. It was only during counselling that their original certificates and testimonials were minutely checked.
"Moreover, we have a bio-metric system to check impersonation in the exam. Even if some cheaters enter the examination centre, we have a system to ensure they were caught at a later stage. Each candidate has to go through bio-metric check four times before finally getting admitted," said PGI spokesperson Manju Wadwalkar.