Friday, June 22, 2012

No hacking of all India quota PG medical merit list: DGHS

New Delhi: Directorate General of Health Services on Thursday told the Supreme Court that high rank holder in the 50% all India quota medical entrance examination merit list got less preferred post-graduation courses not because of hacking but silly mistakes by candidates while registering online their choice of courses.

DGHS counsel, senior advocate T S Doabia, informed a bench of Justices H L Gokhale and Ranjana P Desai that though the results of the examination were out in public a day before the scheduled declaration, there was no incident of hacking of the merit list or the allotment of PG and Diploma seats.

However, he admitted that in some cases high ranked candidates, while attempting to get their preferred course during subsequent rounds of online counseling, might have been allotted less preferred MD seats or Diploma courses because of their folly in not locking their choices on computers.

In these very small number of cases, the computer fills in the choice which was not locked and it was possible that the candidate might have been allotted that choice to give an impression that he or she had been given a course which was not opted for.

The bench said it would look into the larger picture of anomalies alleged to have arisen during the online allotment of PG medical seats but wanted to know from the DGHS whether something could be done for the candidate, Pankila Mittal, who had approached the court alleging that she was being given a less preferred course despite her high rank.

Mittal, who was placed 692 in the merit list, was first given a MD course in Mumbai's Seth G S Medical College after first round of counseling but in her attempt to get a preferred course had taken a chance during the third round of counseling. But, she ended up getting a Diploma Course in a medical college in Baroda which was allotted to candidates ranked around 6000 in the merit list.

Though the bench expressed sympathy with the candidate's unfortunate situation, Doabia told the court that the seats being allotted through online counseling, there was little DGHS could do for her.

On repeated requests of senior advocate Rupinder Suri, who appeared for Mittal, the bench asked Doabia to look into the possibility of helping the candidate out of the unfortunate situation. However, it also asked the DGHS to file an affidavit detailing the procedure of allotment of seats through online counseling.

Pankila had also given instances of allotment of undesired courses to other candidates. Sudhansu Sekhar Das holding 1309 rank was allotted MD (TB and respiratory diseases) after the first round of counseling, but it was cancelled after the third round of counseling and he was allotted MD (forensic medicine), which he had never opted for.

Uttam Kumar Lenka with 641 rank had got MD (dermatology, venerology and leprosy) after the first round of counseling but found himself allotted diploma in the same subject. Vinay Kumar Muttagi was ranked 4389 and had a seat for diploma in gynecology and obstetrics but was allotted MD in forensic medicine after the third round.

But, the court said that she was arguing her case and had not filed a public interest litigation to enlarge the scope of her petition. It posted the matter for further hearing on June 27.



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