Srinagar: Only eight out of 21 candidates, whose rights were usurped by as many beneficiaries identified by the Crime Branch in cash-for-paper scam of Common Entrance Test 2012, can be admitted in Government Medical College Srinagar this year, the J&K Board of Professional Entrance Examination (BOPEE) has said.
In its fresh status report filed before the High Court, the BOPEE has said that eight candidates—four male and four female—have been already notified, asking them to give their consent by or before March 25 for admission against the eight seats which have become available in GMC Srinagar.
The male candidates, who are presently pursuing MBBS in ASCOMS Jammu are: Manmeet Singh, son of Satpal Singh; Puneet Singh, son of Joginder Singh; Tapan Sharma, son of Bal Krishan; and Gagandeep Singh, son of Amrik Sharma.
The female candidates, who are pursuing MBBS also at ASCOMS are: Amira Gull Bhat, daughter of Ghulam Mohammad Bhat; Jeevita Raina, daughter of Sudesh Raina; Munaza Yaqub, daughter of Mohammad Yaqub Bhat; and Tabeer Shoaib, daughter of Dr Shoaib Ahmad Kamil.
At the same time, the BOPEE has expressed inability to fill up the remaining 13 vacancies this year, stating that as per its assessment, they can be filled up by candidates who are either pursuing non-MBBS courses like BVSC and BDS or may not be pursuing any course relevant to the field.
The Board said the 13 candidates can be admitted in session 2014 in GMC, Srinagar, over and above the intake capacity, and that too subject to the approval by Medical Council of India and the state government, as the case may be.
The BOPEE decision, report said, is based on the opinion obtained by it from experts in the field with regard to the compatibility of BDS course with MBBS course.
“It reveals that the two courses may be same in some respects but having regard to the course study for the first year of the two courses, a candidate pursuing BDS cannot be admitted for undertaking MBBS course in 2nd year.”
The 13 candidates are: Abhinav Chanda, Iftikhar Ahmad (GDC-Sgr), Rasiq Mansoor, Shahid Shabir Mir (SKUAST-K), Iftikhar Ahmad Malik (GDC-Sgr), Syed Muzamil Mehraj (GDC-Sgr), Sarim Syed Turay (GDC-Sgr), Safier Ahmad Ganie (GDC-Sgr), Shivindu Charak (GDC-Jammu), Rohima Mahajan (GDC-Jammu), Isbah Afrooz (GDC-Sgr) and Abha Heer (GDC-Jammu).
In identifying the candidates, the BOPEE did not take into consideration the merit of the candidates who are pursuing MBBS in SKIMS Medical College and in GMC Jammu.
This, the BOPEE said, has been done so as to avoid discontinuity or disturbances in their course of study.
“The non-consideration of their merit position in identifying the candidates for admitting for undertaking the MBBS course against the available seats of 2012 is not in any manner prejudicial to the interests of the students of Medical College SKIMS and GMC Jammu.”
The BOPEE has submitted that in the situation in which the seats have become available, the only reasonable and just course was to identify the candidates next in order of merit, who could have got berth for undertaking MBBS course on the basis of CET-2012 in one or the other medical colleges of the state without disturbing those candidates who are already pursuing MBBS course in GMC Jammu and SKIM Medical College Bemina.
Besides, the BOPEE has said in the process of admission of candidates on the basis of examination conducted by BOPEE in 2012, the reserved category candidates admitted earlier are now getting automatically shifted to open merit.
The 21 seats became available by de-seating candidates of CET-2012 who were indicted by the Crime Branch for securing admission for undertaking MBBS course by fraudulent means through a fraud allegedly engineered by former BOPEE chairman Mushtaq Ahmad Peer.