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Health Ministry relents,sends officials for counselling; GGSIP univ turns them away

The Union Ministry of Health appears to have reconciled to GGSIP University’s decision on the PG medical entrance test 2012-2013,but the olive branch seems to have been extended too late for the varsity’s liking.

Written by Pritha Chatterjee | New Delhi | Published: April 17, 2012 3:14:31 am

The Union Ministry of Health appears to have reconciled to GGSIP University’s decision on the PG medical entrance test 2012-2013,but the olive branch seems to have been extended too late for the varsity’s liking.

On Monday,the ministry ordered its hospitals to send representatives for counselling of selected candidates,but were turned away by the university. Newsline had reported on Monday that the two parties were divided on the veracity of the entrance results which were declared on April 1.

While the university was standing by its results,the ministry had directed authorities at Safdarjung and RML hospitals — where the selected candidates were to join — to not participate in the counselling process that commenced on April 11,alleging irregularities in the exam.

According to a senior official in the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS),“An official order was sent to the hospitals to send their counsellors today. Two representatives from the hospitals — and one from DGHS — went to the University since Monday was the last date of counselling. But we were told the counselling was over and our representatives had come too late.”

As Newsline had reported,the Director General of Health Services,Dr Jagdish Prasad did not respond — despite repeated efforts to contact him — to allegations that the ministry’s decision was triggered by his daughter’s failure to clear the entrance exam.

“The last communication we received was on April 10,when a copy of the official order to the hospitals from the office of the Assistant Director General (Medical Education),directing them to be absent from counselling. Today,on the last day of the counselling,without any official order,suddenly three representatives turned up. We told them we could not allow them,since we did not receive any communication about their participation,” GGSIP University V-C D K Bandopadhyay said. He added that the ministry had “finally sent a fax at 3 pm,by which time our counselling was over.”

The ministry representatives also reportedly brought a “document suggesting a new process of allocation of seats.”

“Our selection process is based on merit,and allocation based on a roster system as per university rules,which we have been following for years. Suddenly,they turn up on the last day,after first declaring the results invalid,with a new proposed seat distribution. How can we allow this?” Bandopadhyay said.

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