SC seeks DGHS affidavit on PG medical seats ‘manipulation’ row

Court was dealing with a petition by a girl student Pankila Mittal complaining of large-scale manipulation.

Written by Agencies | New Delhi | Published: June 21, 2012 7:49:36 pm

The Supreme Court today sought an affidavit from the Directorate General of Health Services mentioning that there was no manipulation or hacking of ongoing online counselling for admission to the all-India seats for post-graduate medical courses.

A vacation bench of justices H L Gokhale and Ranjana Prakash Desai while passing the direction posted the matter for further hearing to June 27.

Senior counsel T S Doabia,appearing for the CGHS told the bench that the allegation of manipulation,hacking and tampering were false and unfounded.

The apex court was dealing with a petition by a girl student Pankila Mittal complaining of large-scale manipulation,hacking and tampering of the ongoing online counselling.

The bench also permitted the girl to go ahead with the process for “Diploma in Venerealogy and Dermatology” at Government Medical College Baroda,subject to the final outcome of the pending before it.

Mittal through counsel Naushad Ahmad Khan alleged that besides her,a large number of top rankers who opted for MD/MS courses,were shocked to find that due to the hacking and manipulation,they have been alloted seats in diploma courses,which is far inferior choices for their ranks.

Mittal,who secured 692 marks at the national competitive exams said she had appeared for the online counselling held on January 8 conducted by nodal agency AIIMS and had opted for as many as 24 choices in the unreserved category.

In the first round of counselling,she was alloted a seat in Seth G S Medical College,Mumbai and on May 16,she completed all formalities of admission on the basis of her rank.

The duration of MD/MS course is three years,whereas,the diploma is of two years duration. There are about 5,500 PG seats for the present academic year of 2012-13,under all India quota from states.

The petitioner claimed she had specifically sought MD courses with preferential choice of MD in obstetrics and gynaecology or dermatology and venereal or leprosy.

But to her shock,she was alloted “Diploma in Venerealogy & Dermatology” which she had never wanted,the petition said.

It said though the official date for publication of results was June 12,many of them had come to know about it on June 11 itself,unofficially via social networking sites

through uploaded PDF files.

“Since the result was availed by social networking sites unofficially,irresistibly we can reach the conclusion that the software prepared by the NIC is not foolproof /tamper-free software,prone to hacking /tampering /manipulation /addition /alteration /deletion /modification.

“Many meritorious students who were allotted with provisional allotment letters in institutions at the first round in MD speciality courses,when opted their choice for upgrade in the round 2 and 3 were allotted to diploma courses which are staring at the ex-facie records” it said.

The petition cited the instances of Sudhansu Shekhar Das,Uttam Kumar Lenka and Vinya Kumar Muttagi,who were allotted courses they never opted for.

Pankila urged the apex court to ensure that she was not deprived of her originally alloted seat and also wanted the court “to pass any such further order/s as this hon’ble court may deem fit and proper”.

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