Madhya Pradesh government filed an affidavit on Thursday in the Supreme Court referring to the irregularities in the admissions in private medical and dental colleges in the State. It has been done in response to the allegations made in the DMAT scam. Government informed that 721 state quota seats were illegally filled between 2009 to 2013 in private dental and medical colleges. This is the second bigger scam that the state has witnessed after the VYAPAM scam. However, Central Bureau of Investigation is claiming DMAT scam to be much bigger than the VYAPAM scam.
Government further said in its affidavit that 198 admissions were made by the private medical colleges against state quota seats illegally in 2013 itself and hence were fined Rs.13.10 crore.
As per a report, there are as many as 6 private medical colleges and 15 private dental colleges in Madhya Pradesh. The medical entrance test DMAT is conducted every year by Association of Private Dental and Medical Colleges- APDMC in order to fill up 2800 seats in these private institutions. As per the norms 42 percent seats are for state quota, while 43 percent of seats are reserved for management quota and the remaining 15 percent seats are reserved for NRI students.
Writ petition was filed in the Supreme Court seeking CBI inquiry in the scam and State government responded that it was aware of the irregularities in the admission process in private institutes and action was also taken against the alleged colleges. Government also informed that even FIRs have been filed in some cases.
The claims were made in the petition that almost all admissions to 58% seats (43% management quota and 15% NRI quota) under DMAT were rigged and also the admissions under 42% state quota were rigged by using scorers. Explaining the modus operandi of the scamsters, the petitioners mentioned that candidates were instructed to submit blank answer sheets in the examination hall and DMAT officials filled up the sheets after the exam. While submitting the report, the petitioner Anand Rai and Hashish Kumar Chaturvedi alleged that MBBS students appeared in the entrance exam as scorers so as to block the seat after clearing the exam. The scorers then vacated the seat on the last date of admission thus enabling the students in management quota to get admission.
The affidavit filed in response states, “The state government had filed complaints with the Admission and Fee Regulation Committee (AFRC). As an outcome of the complaint, the AFRC had concluded that approximately 721 seats of the state quota have been illegally filled by private medical colleges during 2009, 2010, 2011 2012 and 2013.”
State government further told the Supreme Court, “It is proactively safeguarding the state quota seats in private medical colleges and the state government has taken various steps including filing contempt petition against colleges, applications before this court and complaints before the statutory regulatory body wherever the private medical colleges have attempted to usurp state quota seats.”
The government said it is taking all necessary steps to curb the illegal practices and asked the SC to consider all the issues raised by it before taking a final decision on directing CBI probe.