The candidature of more than 900 students who appeared for pre-medical tests conducted by the Madhya Pradesh Professional Examination Board (MPPEB) between 2010 and 2013 has been cancelled — a fallout of a scam that came to light last year.
Some of the candidates, studying in government and private medical colleges, would have graduated in a couple of years. The investigating agency has also found irregularities in examinations held in 2008 and earlier, but is yet to declare the names of suspects.
The MPPEB has uploaded the names of the tainted students and informed the directorate of medical education (DME), a government body that would write to medical colleges to expel the students.
“We have already received so many lists from the MPPEB that we have lost count,” director, DME, Dr S S Kushwah said, admitting it would be difficult to act against students who have already graduated.
Most irregularities were found in the pre-medical tests held in 2013, with candidature of 439 students having already been cancelled. Some students, parents, MPPEB officials and outsiders who were part of the racket have been arrested by the special task force, a wing of the state police force.
While the scam is still unfolding, its impact is likely to be seen in rural areas already hit by the lack of government doctors. The government had moved the Supreme Court to allow it to admit wait-listed students to seats vacated by the tainted students. The court turned down the plea on the ground that the last date for admissions was long over.
The MPPEB, meanwhile, has filed caveats in the Madhya Pradesh HC, including its benches in Gwalior and Indore, anticipating expelled students to challenge the decision to cancel their admissions.