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Medical council asks India’s Central Bureau of Investigation to investigate scam of bidding for postgraduate places

BMJ 2013; 346 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f2834 (Published 02 May 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f2834
  1. Meera Kay
  1. 1Bangalore

The Medical Council of India has asked the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to look into allegations that private medical colleges are selling postgraduate places to the highest bidder, after a television news channel exposed the practice.

In February 2012 the council announced the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) for admission to MBBS and postgraduate courses (http://bit.ly/Ydaps3). The test was introduced to standardise the selection of students and to abolish the multiple entrance exams conducted by various states and private medical colleges.

However, several state governments and private colleges raised objections to the test and filed a case in the Supreme Court. In December 2012 the court said that states and private colleges could continue to conduct their own entrance exams but that they should not reveal the results until the court decided how to proceed (http://bit.ly/ZzgL65).

In a sting operation in early April this year the Indian news channel CNN-IBN exposed five reputed colleges selling postgraduate seats for as much as Rs30m (£360 000; €420 000; $560 000) and declaring the results of the entrance tests. After the sting operation CNN-IBN submitted the tape to the Medical Council of India, which handed it to the CBI and wrote a letter asking the agency to further investigate the issue.

In a statement to the channel, India’s health minister, Ghulam Nabi Azad, said that he would ask the Medical Council of India to take action against postgraduate medical colleges that have been accepting money for places even before the medical entrance exam results were announced.

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Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f2834