NEET irregularities: Rules twisted to favour some for medical seats

In states like Bihar, Karnataka, Punjab and Puducherry, the counseling officers specified by the government used inconsistent criteria to recruit students in the last stages of admission to medical colleges for MBBS courses.

These rules violated the guidelines set by the Supreme Court, Medical Council of India and the Ministry of Health.

For example, Bihar opened the last consultation session on the last day of the entry on August 31, and asked the candidates to bring a demand draft of more than 10 lakh prepared in favor of the colleges.

Parents have alleged that no bank is open from 5 pm to midnight. But the candidates who came through commissioning agents, their demand draft was prepared in advance in favor of the colleges, which they should be assigned after consultation.

Similar irregularities occurred in Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Puducherry and Punjab.

The charge loses more than 60,000 MBBS seats in 474 private and government colleges in India, with the objective of compulsory single entrance examination of the Supreme Court, called the National Eligibility cum Entrance Examination (NEET).

Started last year to end corruption in medical education, NEET provides the ranking of students by which colleges have offered entry through government counseling sessions. The informal complaint came out in the final stage, which is called the left side of the consultation process or the Mop-up goal.

Deepak Kumar Gupta of Gorakhpur in Uttar Pradesh said that a text message was received by the Karnataka officials on Sept. 4, Sept. 11, the next day in Bangalore, for the final stage to be present in the consultation session.

He took flight from Lucknow in the morning and reached the entrance office at 10 a.m.

“The officer rejected my application because I did not have a draft. I have requested for time or take money through NEFT (online transfer) but it was turned down,” he alleged.

This kind of irrational demand was allegedly done to deny the eligible candidates’ seats and for admission to the following categories.

The allegations have come to the fore that officials and the alleged students had joined to refuse the seats and it was sold on the sly.

“Most private colleges in Delhi, Bihar, Karnataka, Uttar Pradesh and Puducherry have access,” said a tout driven from East Delhi.

Bihar Medical Education Director Prabhat Kumar rejected the charges.

“We started consulting at 3 o’clock and also allowed money transfer through NEFT. We gave the time till 1 a.m. the next day,” he said.

But Kumar accepted the mistake of not mentioning payment mode in official advertising. Students denied NEFT, or online payments, option.

During the second phase of admission in Puducherry, the number of candidates has decreased to 107. But students like RK did not enter with 128 points, while the officials called for the last round to fill 96 vacant seats.

On September 2, Baba Farid University of Health Sciences (BFUHS), Punjab’s counseling authority, which was a holiday on Saturday and Eid, students should appear in the last round with a demand draft at 11 p.m. on Monday.

VP Raj Bahadur of BFUHS denied any wrongdoing. They said: “We have accepted bank draft of any amount in the name of BFUHS so that candidates can not be admitted in the colleges.”

In Madhya Pradesh, the last round began on 4th September at 4 o’clock and ended midnight, on the last day of consultation.

One student alleged, “A candidate was selected with 191 marks, but students with more than 400 marks had been dropped.”

An official from Madhya Pradesh clarified that it was done to give preference to the candidates from the home state.

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