Panjab University has debarred three students from appearing in the current semester examination for allegedly submitting forged medical certificates to meet the mandatory attendance requirement.
The debarred students are Chetna Saini, BDS (fourth-year), a student of Dr HS Judge Institute of Dental Sciences and Hospital, Khushwant Singla, BA, LLB (seventh semester) and Inderbir Singh Gill, MBA (first semester). The latter are both from Panjab University Regional Centre, Ludhiana. This is the first time that the University has taken such a step. The debarred students will have to attend classes afresh and also appear in internal exams, if any, again to qualify for examination.
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In the inquiry into the forged medical certificates, the University had set up a special committee, which recommended getting cases registered against the students. The committee had submitted to Dr Dinesh Gupta, Dean University Instructions. The chairperson of the Special Committee, Nandita Singh reported that the doctors concerned had given in writing to the Chief Medical Officer (CMO) that the medical certificates had not been signed by them.
After examining the statement in writing that they did not sign the medical certifications in question, the special committee concluded the documents were fake. The report was forwarded to the Vice-Chancellor for the appropriate decision.