Alleging conspiracy in the recently conducted MBBS entrance test by Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research (JIPMER), All India NR Congress MLA Ashok Anand has demanded that the institute should stop the ongoing admission process and conduct fresh test. Anand said in a press conference, he would move to the Madras High Court seeking stay on the admission process till the university come up with clarification over the examination process. He said, he would meet the Lt. Governor Kiran Bedi seeking her intervention.
Anand also alleged that the institute is involved in scam and has offered admission to non deserving candidates by accepting bribe of Rs 1 to 2 crores. He demanded for a thorough enquiry and sought clarification from institute, he also demanded that the admission process should be halted till the enquiry.
JIPMER had conducted the entrance test for admission in MBBS course being offered at its Puducherry and Karaikal campus on June 5 and the results were announced on June 15. The test was conducted for the very first time in two shifts on the same day. Earlier the institute used to conduct the test in one shift only, but the decision to organize test in two shifts was taken as the institute had received a record 1,55,193 applications. Anand Kumar has alleged that the two papers were quite different in terms of difficulty level, while the institute administration refuted such charges. Commenting on the charges, JIPMER Dean (Academic) Dr. Mahadevan Subramanian told media, “The concept (of two shifts) is not new. All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) conducts entrance examinations in two shifts. Our vendor (entrusted with the task of holding online computer-based examinations) expressed their inability to hold the examinations in one shift if the number of applicants exceeded more than 1.5 lakh. Hence, we decided to hold examinations in two shifts.” JIPMER Director Subhash Chandra Parija was also present during the press conference. Mahadevan further said the institute decided to conduct online examination in two shifts at 270 centres as the candidates had applied in large number.
He also said there was no difference in difficulty of the question papers. He added, “The merit list was released after normalization procedure based on percentile score. Out of total 30 Puducherry candidates (unreserved category) securing position in merit list, 16 took exam in morning shift while rest 14 appeared in the afternoon shift.”
JIPMER has notified that the candidates should get their documents verified from June 20 to 23 while the provisional admission order will be issued on June 29, 2016. The academic session at JIPMER is slated to commence on July 1, 2016.