SC to study plea on scam in medical admissions

The Supreme Court has agreed to examine a girl student’s petition claiming extensive manipulation, hacking and tampering in the ongoing online counselling for All India Post Graduate Medical Entrance examination courses across the country.

A bench of justices H L Gokhale and Ranjana Prakash Desai said it would take up the petition on Tuesday after counsel Naushad Ahmad Khan appearing for the petitioner Pankila Mittal mentioned the matter before it on Friday.

According to the petitioner, besides her, a large number of top rankers who had opted for MD/MS courses were shocked to find that they have been allotted seats in diploma courses, which they don’t deserve for their ranks. Pankila alleged hacking and manipulation as the reason.

The duration course of MD/MS course is three years, whereas the diploma is of two years. There are about 5,500 PG seats for the present academic year of 2012-13, under the all-India quota from states.

Pankila, who had secured 692 marks at the national competitive exams, claimed that she had appeared for the online counselling held on January 8 conducted by AIIMS, which is the nodal agency, in the unreserved quota and opted for as many as 24 choices.

In the first round of counselling, she was allotted a seat in Seth G S Medical College, Mumbai. On May 16, she completed all formalities of admission on the basis of her rank.

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