Anomalies in MBBS Admissions: RTI Activists upset with medical college for alleged non-cooperation in investigation
Bhopal: Upset with a Gwalior-based medical college, few RTI activists are claiming that the medical college is unwilling to release the documents of students which they claim are important as a part of their investigation to find out anomalies in MBBS admissions.
It has been alleged by the activists that the college has not yet released the documents which they suspect have used fake domicile. Not only that, the college has been making several excuses including the documents being seized by CBI, and stories surrounding a haunted room where the documents are kept, the activists further claimed.
This approach of alleged non-cooperation on the part of the medical college, has been described as a matter of grave concern by the activists as the documents could have revealed the irregularities involving the admission in the highly sought-after seats of a government medical college. Further, it is very much essential to have a mechanism to probe the medical qualifications of the doctors, opined the RTI activists.
As per the latest media report by the Times of India, back in 2018, one of the activists filed an RTI and sought admission records for the 1994 MBBS batch at the college. However, the college refused to provide any information stating that they could not find any record related to the 1994 MBBS batch.
Speaking to TOI, Pankaj Jain, health care activists said, "It has come to our notice that the Medical College (Gwalior) has lost all records of several batches of students who graduated with MBBS and MS degrees. Another activist had sought admission records for the 1994 MBBS batch at the college through RTI, while he was investigating irregularities in MBBS admission during the period. That time several persons from outside Madhya Pradesh had gained admission in the MPPMT quota."
"Our co-activist continued to pursue this matter over the course of 2.5 years - through first appeal and several rounds of correspondence with the college. He was even asked to provide a letter to the college stating that he had no intention of harming the reputation of the college.
He also mentioned, "He had to finally approach the State Information Commission where there were four hearings in this matter. However, the college is yet to provide the sought information."
Jain, who has been trying to get those documents of students for over the last three years further told the daily, "First they said the documents have been seized by CBI, then they said the clerk who was handling it has been arrested by CBI, and then they said the clerk who was handling in committed suicide inside the room where the documents were kept and it's now haunted by his ghost and they are scared of opening the locks."
Baffled over these peculiar excuses, the RTI activists are concerned over the issue as the medical college is allegedly unwilling to co-operate in the investigation.