Parents of a few candidates aspiring to get admission to the MBBS course on Tuesday complained to the local SSP, demanding the registration of a criminal case against the candidates who had got admission through counselling at Baba Farid University of Health Sciences (BFUHS), Faridkot, allegedly in a fraudulent manner after having appeared in counselling in other states.
It was alleged that they had committed a fraud by giving self-declarations/affidavits saying they had not taken the benefit of being a bonafide resident of any other state and had not appeared in counselling anywhere else.
"But after the release of the merit list by the BFUHS and other states, it has been found that some of the candidates have not only appeared in counselling at more than one place, but have got admission fraudulently by violating the notification of the Punjab government regarding being a bonafide resident of the state," they alleged.
"Some students have not only appeared in counselling at two or more places, but have also got admission by taking benefit of being the bonafide residents of Punjab. Five such students have got admission in medical colleges of Punjab through the BFUHS counselling by giving self-declaration that they have not appeared in counselling in any other state," they alleged.
These five candidates were allegedly found to have been admitted to medical colleges of Haryana on July 30 and 31, and have also been admitted to medical colleges of Punjab on August 2 and 3.
It was alleged that there were 18 candidates who had appeared in counselling in other states and later appeared in counselling of the BFUHS and were admitted to the medical colleges of Punjab, allegedly violating Clause 18 of the notification issued by the Punjab government on June 5, 2013.
When contacted, SSP Gurmeet Singh Randhawa said, "I have received a complaint and we are looking into it. Action will be taken as per law after the inquiry."
BFUHS vice-chancellor Dr Shavinder Singh Gill said, "The university is looking into the matter and action will be taken accordingly."
Gill also blamed the irregularity on dummy/fake admissions in various schools in Punjab. Some students reportedly got dummy admissions in schools to claim the benefit of being bonafide residents of Punjab, he said.
"We have already written to various school boards and the state government to check this problem, which leads to problems during admission to medical courses," Gill added.