BANGALORE: Following allegations of large-scale malpractices during last year’s PGCET for admissions to medical courses, the state government has decided to scrap all PGCET exam centres outside Bangalore.
PGCET is scheduled on January 29, 2012, and it will be held only in Bangalore. Earlier, the PGCET used to be conducted in 11 centres in the state. The government’s decision was prompted following large-scale malpractices in Bellary centre last year which got five ranks.
The government has proposed measures to curb examination malpractices.
Measures proposed The installation of CCTVs in all examination centres, video recording opening of question papers and collection of answer sheets, scanning of OMR sheets and collecting biometric details of candidates.
Medical Education Minister S A Ramadas said that collection of biometric details would help to identify proxy candidates at the time of counselling. “We will compare the biometric details of every candidate at the time of counselling,” he added.
The minister said that the CID which is probing into the alleged malpractices during last year’s PGCET will file a charge-sheet against all 25 accused before the High Court in a day or two.
Ramadas also dismissed the allegations of corruption in the appointment of directors to the three government run medical institutions. “I have been accused by one Shivappa, the secretary of Forum for Justice for taking bribe in the appointment of director to the Kidwai Cancer Institute. I have served a legal notice to him for making such a baseless allegation,” Ramadas said while claiming to have made
appointments as per the norms.
The state will soon have a separate university for Paramedical and Nursing courses. The committee set up by the state government under the leadership of Dr Devi Shetty in its report submitted last week has stressed the need to have a university for paramedical and nursing courses. The university in all likelihood will come up in Bangalore.