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Citizens want participation in probe

A SECTION of citizens, including a few public interest litigants, have asked the district administration to take their statements on record before sending a detailed inquiry report on the alleged irregularities in granting admission to students at Aurobindo Institute of Medical Science College (AIMSC), College of Dental Science and Hospital (CDHS), Modern Dental College and Aurobindo Dental College.

india Updated: Nov 12, 2006 17:38 IST

A SECTION of citizens, including a few public interest litigants, have asked the district administration to take their statements on record before sending a detailed inquiry report on the alleged irregularities in granting admission to students at Aurobindo Institute of Medical Science College (AIMSC), College of Dental Science and Hospital (CDHS), Modern Dental College and Aurobindo Dental College.

The district administration sent a preliminary inquiry report on the complaints against admissions granted in private medical and dental colleges for 2006-07 to Medical Education Department Principal Secretary a fortnight back. District Collector Vivek Aggarwal is expected to send a detailed report by next month.

One of the litigants S P Anand, who has filed a writ petition against Aurobindo Institute, the state government and others, said in a letter addressed to the administration, that he should be allowed to participate in the detailed inquiry, which is to be made in public interest to ensure a transparent, non-exploitative and merit based admission in private medical colleges. He complained of large-scale irregularities in granting admissions this year.

The preliminary report sent by Aggarwal stated that the examination method adopted by Association of Private Dental and Medical College lacked transparency and the students who had contacts with college management succeeded in getting admission. As a result, the merit holders were left out while students who scored less were granted admission.

According to a report, entrance test results were declared at website on September 25, 2006, after 9 pm and the students were asked to reach the allotted college the next day, failing which their admission would stand cancelled. It was not possible, the report added, for students living in far-flung areas to reach the colleges within the stipulated time.

Moreover, the college management did not respond on phone when students made calls for clarification. The report said that since candidates were required to attend counselling at 10 am on September 29, they could not attend counselling in more than one college.

The report cites a statement of a parent, who said that when he reached College of Dental Sciences and Hospital, Rau, at 9.45 am, he was told that all the seats have been filled.

This was despite the fact that the Association had directed students to reach by 10 am.

First Published: Nov 12, 2006 17:38 IST