PUDUCHERRY: Central Administration Committee (CENTAC) will fill three MBBS seats that had fallen vacant in the aftermath of detection of a scam involving fake certificates.
A special counseling session conducted by CENTAC will be conducted on September 29. In addition, another 20 seats in dental, Ayurveda and paramedical courses will be filled through counseling on the same day.
Three seats fell vacant, one each in Sri Venkateswara Medical College, Pondicherry Institute of Medical Sciences and Sri Manakula Vinayagar Medical College and Hospital following detection of fake certificates, said Convenor, CENTAC.
There are three other complaints under investigation by the Revenue authorities, he said. If, by Monday, the certificates are also found to be fake, then those seats will also be filled through special counseling.
In addition, there are several other complaints for which an inquiry is yet to be set up. According to reliable sources there are 23 complaints against students from TN, Kerala and AP who have secured seats using forged documents.
V Balasubramanian, President of Parents Students Welfare Association said, “We have lodged complaints with the evidence and by now the authorities should have completed the re-verification. Since the three students, two from TN and one from Kerala have surrendered their seat, the government has declared only those seats vacant,” he said. “The statement of the authority that enquiry is under process is only a delaying tactic to favour private medical college,” says Balasubramanian. With September 30 being the last date for admission, the seats have to be filled up before that or it will be of no use to Puducherry students.
The scam came to light after AIADMK MLA A.Anbazhagan raised it in the Assembly. He alleged that students from other States were getting admitted under government quota seats in medical colleges through forged ration cards, forged election photo-identity cards and by falsely obtaining residency certificate of Puducherry.