Corruption in Gujarat’s education system seems to be reaching a pinnacle of sorts. As per the RTI filed with the Gujarat University and the Medical Council of India there’s an existence of a Vyapam like scam in Gujarat Medical Colleges. The RTI revealed that the Government Medical Colleges in Gujarat have been found to have awarded degrees to more than 100 students, who have not cleared the examination. The complaint about this occurrence has been sent to the Prime Minister, Narendra Modi’s office, as well as to the State Chief Minister, Vijay Rupani’s office.
In January 2015, entrance test for admission in PG medical colleges affiliated with Gujarat University were conducted. 900 students appeared for a PG entrance examination, for the 300 seats available in BJ Medical College and NHL Medical College. Of the ones who appeared, only 200 cleared the test, leaving 100 seats vacant. It was at this stage that illegal and corrupt practices gained ground in the admission process. The health department doctors and officials allegedly got together and doled out favors to their acquaintances, by granting admission to their kids.
If the MCI guidelines are to be believed, that entrants who fail or fail to appear for the test cannot be granted admission in PG medical courses. Breaching rules, false mark sheets were sent to the MCI office to help star kids get admissions. As per the information, some of the students did not even appear for the test, and records project them as having passed the exam. Other instances have also come to light where false caste certificates were submitted to misguide the MCI. The students involved in this admission seeking racket come from families of doctors and government officials.
J P Gupta, Health Commissioner, Gujarat said, “State Commissioner received the complaint a week ago. We will have to check old records from the university. We will scrutinize the complaint and record both and then we will decide what steps to take.”
Another startling fact that the RTI brings to light is MCI showing the marks of the student much higher than what he/she would have scored. There are students who have scored 41 per cent marks in entrance test, but in MCI’s records their score is 53 per cent. There are several other such discrepancies.