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PGIMER cancels MD/MS entrance exam

Thursday, 15 November 2012 - 10:19pm IST | Place: Chandigarh | Agency: PTI

In the wake of the CBI filing an FIR in the case, PGI authorities decided to scrap the entrance examination for January 2013 session, which was held on November 10.

The Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) today cancelled its MD/MS entrance examination held here last week after a cheating racket was unearthed by CBI.

"In the wake of an FIR filed by the CBI and a copy of the same received by PGI authorities, it was decided by the administration that the entrance examination for January 2013 session, which was held on November 10, would be scrapped to avoid litigation and other complications," PGIMER spokesperson Manju Wadwalkar said here.

The examination for holding the entrance test for the MD (doctor of medicine)/MS (master of surgery) is now likely to be conducted in the second week of December as per availability of centres for the entrance examination, she said.

She said that in the absence of PGIMER Director Dr YK Chawla, a meeting was chaired by the institute's acting director, Dr Vinay Sakhuja and attended by senior functionaries, after which the decision to cancel the examination was taken. The decision will affect 7,300 candidates, who appeared for the 78 post graduation seats in various departments of PGIMER in 11 different examination centres set up in the city.

CBI has arrested 16 people so far after its sleuths swooped down on examination centres and arrested seven girls who were writing the exams with the help of bluetooth hearing devices embedded in their ears.

Meanwhile, a local court today extended the remand of 15 of the arrested accused in the case by another two days. The CBI special counsel told the court that they have procured the documents from the PGIMER authorities last evening, on the basis of which decoy candidates had applied for the examination.

Now, the CBI would be required to take the accused to Hyderabad to ascertain the source of these documents and the details of the attestation authority, the counsel submitted.

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