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PGI to hold fresh MD exam

HT correpondent , Hindustan Times  Chandigarh , November 15, 2012
First Published: 17:44 IST(15/11/2012) | Last Updated: 15:22 IST(16/11/2012)

Stung by a cheating racket in its entrance exam on November 10, the Post-Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) here plans to re-conduct the exam in the second week of December.

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According to a statement by the institute on Thursday, the exact date would depend on the availability of centres, and would be put up on its website (pgimer.nic.in).

The institute also announced that to prevent use of any unfair means, metal detectors and
mobile-signal jammers would be used, besides frisking of all candidates prior to their entry.

In fact, sources said that since mobile phones had emerged as the key gadgets used by the candidates arrested by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) during the originally scheduled exam on Saturday, the institute would now buy its own jammers for all entrance exams.

The statement read: "In the wake of an FIR filed by the CBI and a copy of the same received by PGIMER, it was decided by the administration that the entrance examination for January 2013 session, which was held on Saturday, would be scrapped to avoid litigation and other
complications."

Sources said the rescheduled exam would be conducted at the same 11 centres where it was conducted previously.

More than 7,000 candidates from across the country had appeared in the exam for admission to about 200 post-graduate seats in medical and surgical specialties. The CBI had detected a cheating racket as it raided various exam centres in the city. These cheaters were using high-tech devices for helping some candidates; it was found that several candidates did not have the mandatory MBBS degree to be eligible for the exam. Sixteen persons have been arrested so far, most of them being girls from Andhra Pradesh.

The gang kingpin was P Gurivi Reddy (31), a medical dropout hailing from Hyderabad in Andhra Pradesh.

Following that, in a meeting chaired by PGIMER acting director Dr Vinay Sakhuja on Wednesday, it was decided to scrap the exam.


KEEP IN MIND
*Exact date of exam soon on the website, pgimer.nic.in
* Same admit cards will be valid
* Centres also likely to remain the same


Case timeline
Nov 10:
CBI raids exam centres and arrests persons who were using hi-tech devices to help some candidates cheat; several candidates did not have the mandatory MBBS degree to be eligible for the post-graduate entrance exam
Nov 12: CBI arrests Dr Gangadhar Reddy from Patna; he allegedly helped in solving questions for candidates appearing in the exam
Nov 14: Institute decides to cancel exam

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