Telangana government trying to put an end to the sufferings of the medical aspirants, yesterday announced that a fresh test – EAMCET 3 would be organised on September 11 for medical and dental admissions. The EAMCET-II which was held on July 9 stands scrapped and the decision was taken by the Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao when he held a review meeting of the concerned ministers and officials on 2 August.
Soon after the meeting, a statement from the Chief Minister’s office was issued which reads, “It is unfortunate and painful incident (leakage of question paper). In the wake of leakage of the paper we have no option but to conduct EAMCET once again. I request students and parents to understand the situation and cooperate with the Government.”
CM KCR also directed the concerned authorities to make foolproof arrangements for organising the exam and complete the admission process within time. He also instructed the authorities to ensure free transportation facility for all the candidates on the exam day and allow them to appear for EAMCET 3 without collecting any fee. The government has also replaced EAMCET convener Dr. N.V. Ramana Rao with JNTUH Registrar Prof. N Yadaiah. JNTUH Vice-Chancellor A. Venugopal Reddy will be the Chairman for EAMCET-III.
The CID officials have found out the involvement of as much as 200 students and their parents for dealing with the brokers who had leaked the question paper. Further, it was revealed in the investigation that the roots of the scam lead to New Delhi and the racket ran at the national level through four key persons named Mukul Jain, Mayank Sharma, Sunil Singh and Iqbal.
The authorities have also been directed to register the cases against such parents and take stringent action against them as per the law.
The problem ahead for the government
With a fresh test in place, one issue that the government is facing – allowing students accused in the EAMCET-II question paper leak to appear for the EAMCET-III.
The authorities understand the situation and the main issue remains unsettled. On one hand, the CID is yet to submit its final investigation report which will bear the names of those students who had been benefitted from the question paper leak. On the other hand, even if the names of these students are included in the charge-sheet, they will most likely challenge it in the court where the final decision making would not be too soon. An official said, “It means, technically we cannot deny them an opportunity to appear for the exam or give admission if they secure a good rank.”
How EAMCET-III would be ‘FoolProof’
While CM KCR has instructed the authorities to make sure that there is no such mis-happening in the third edition of the exam, the CET Committee to be led by Prof. Yadaiah is gearing up for the task. The Committee would meet on August 6 where all the proceedings of the test would be discussed. It has also been reported that the legal issues related to the ‘beneficiaries’ would also be discussed at the committee meeting.
Apart from these issues, the major problem ahead of the Committee will be the framing of the test question paper. The new Convenor and Chairman will have to make sure that the EAMCET-III do not contain repeated questions from Andhra Pradesh EAMCET, Telangana EAMCET (I & II) and also from the CETs conducted in last two years.
EAMCET-III will be conducted on September 11 in one shift from 10 AM to 1 PM and the shortlisted students will be eligible for admissions in around 2,650 MBBS and BDS seats.