BHOPAL: A Munnabhai MBBS scenario unfolded in Madhya Pradesh as six government medical colleges were found to be training at least 114 potential doctors who gained admission by fraud. The fear is there may be several doctors from these institutions who would have got in the same way and graduated and may be currently practicing.
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A government probe found that the students, mostly from rich families, had been joining MBBS courses since 2009 by paying crores between them to hire practicing doctors and talented medical students from UP, Bihar and elsewhere to write the pre-medical test on their behalf, forging photographs and signatures.
Medical education department sources said the middlemen had charged Rs 10 lakh to Rs 20 lakh from each student.
The fraudulent admissions into MBBS courses in Madhya Pradesh were part of an elaborate scam in which photos of imposters, instead of the actual aspirants, were pasted on the PMT application forms and admit cards, a government probe has revealed. This has now led to suspicions that some government officials linked to PMT tests may have been involved.
State minister for medical education Mahendra Hardia confirmed that 114 people had gained admission to MBBS courses through fraudulent means. "Imposters wrote the PMT for these people. The committee found that signatures and photographs submitted were clearly forged," he added.
The probe, headed by the state's joint director of medical education, submitted its report last month but the findings were revealed only on Wednesday. The investigation was ordered on complaints lodged in 2009.
The probe found that 26 of these fraudulent admissions happened in Bhopal, 36 in Gwalior, eight in Indore, 21 in Sagar, 15 in Jabalpur and eight in Rewa district.
The medical education department had filed a police complaint and FIRs have been registered against 56 students. Some 50 others have been suspended from their colleges. The Rewa Medical College has on its own filed a complaint with the district SP to book the eight identified students there.
But even before the committee submitted its final findings, the state medical education department had attempted a damage limitation exercise, rushing to introduce biometric identification system for PMT applicants. Admission seekers for MBBS courses in all government medical colleges have to henceforth provide their biometric thumb impressions twice - first before writing the exam and then during counselling.