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Fair test for budding docs

Muzaffarpur, Aug. 9: The spurt in impersonation in the Bihar State Combined Entrance Examination (BSCEE), 2011, has prompted Sri Krishna Medical College and Hospital (SKMCH) authorities to test the newly enrolled students in the first year of the MBBS courses.

The professors of SKMCH are asking the students the questions they were supposed to answer in the entrance examination to ensure they took the BSCEE. This academic calendar year, the SKMCH has enrolled 36 students following the directive of the state health department.

The SKMCH, before enrolling the students, also checked the documents minutely, including the admit cards supplied to them by the BSCEE. “These steps are being taken to check the impersonation, if any,” Dr Maqbool Ahmad, a senior teacher of medicine at SKMCH, said.

Principal of SKMCH Dr D.K. Sinha told The Telegraph: “The SKMCH has witnessed a number of cases of impersonation in the past few years. The state health department has recommended a vigilance probe for the detection of 19 students, who got their admission after tampering the admit cards and pasting fake pictures on them.”

In 2008, 2009 and 2010, nearly 22 junior doctors’ admissions were cancelled after it was identified that they had taken admission by tampering their admit cards.

The SKMCH authorities have also lodged named FIRs against the guilty with Ahiyapur police station. The medical college has recommended the cancellation of the admission of these students.

Senior superintendent of police Rajesh Kumar said: “Investigations are on in full swing to tighten the noose around the medicos who took admissions producing fake admit cards.”

The SKMCH has now decided to test the merits of the fresh students to ensure that the right candidates have been selected.

Out of 36 enrolled students, only 15 have turned up to attend classes, even though all the students have been asked to attend the classes religiously from July 15. However, the authorities are worried because of the absence of 21 students.

The SKMCH has also decided to obtain signature and verification of pictures of the enrolled students once they arrived for their classes.

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