“We are fighting for all the students in waiting list and who deserve admission in medical courses,” says Krishna Kumar Mourya, who is on indefinite fast at MGM medical college.
Krishna, who is from Morena, Poonam Sharma of Gwalior and Kadam Raj from Rewa are on fast unto death and their demand is “to remove the students involved in PMT scam from medical colleges, getting their admissions cancelled, and get honest students admitted in their place.”
“There are 131 such seats vacant after the PMT scam. 90 are vacant in government colleges, rest in private medical colleges,” said Krishna.
These aspirants of admission are part of a PMT Justice Group, which has been active on the internet for the last one year with a slogan “half of the work is done (exposure of PMT scam); half of it is still left to be done (getting deserving candidates medical seats).
The group has around 202 members, who have been asking people to write open letters to the Supreme Court, Madhya Pradesh High Court and the Medical Council of India seeking for admission of deserving students in place of those involved in the scam.
The group asks members and supporters to send letters to courts from different addresses and says: “If over 500 letters are received by the Supreme Court, it can be treated as a PIL and the court can order government to take action on basis of these letters.
The aspirants say that they wouldn’t move till they get their well deserved right for admission.
Overall more than 90 government medical seats lay vacant in Madhya Pradesh ever since the PMT scam came into light. Various aspects of malpractices done in the PMT examination was explored by investigation agencies and 415 candidates have been disqualified so far.
“We deserve admission into a government college,” said Poonam pointing towards renowned the medical college behind the podium set up by them.
All three are waiting in queue in under-10 wait-list in different categories. Other twenty students are supporting the three in their fight. Each one of them has at least put in two to four years of their valuable academic career.
Zakir Hussain, one of the aspirants supporting the students fight said, “we have knocked at every door for justice; we went to Governor, Chief Minister, Directorate of Medical Education, Madhya Pradesh Professional Examination Board, lowest to highest judiciary, police, investigation agencies; opposition party leaders, various politician have made promises, but nothing happened.”
The students also raised questions over validity of Supreme Courts guidelines propounded in Madhu Singh -Vs- Medical Council of India (MCI) case in September 2002. As per the guidelines, medical seats should not be filled after September 30 in every academic session and that unfilled seats could not be carried forward to the next year.
“That was a different case altogether, how can every instance be judged on the basis of same case,” said Poonam. That was not the case of scam but this is, she said.
“Rules can be altered for greater good, decisions can be revived; we are suffering for someoneelse’s malpractices,” said Krishna Mourya.
Well, the remaining half work seems to be a tough call and long drawn. Will the authorities respond?
The group has around 202 members, who have been asking people to write open letters to the Supreme Court, MP High Court and Medical Council of India seeking admission for deserving students in place of those involved in scam. The group asks supporters to send letters to courts: “If over 500 letters are received by the SC, it can be treated as a PIL and the court can order government to take action.