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The All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) has cancelled results of the written exam conducted on August 7, just hours after TOI reported the paper leak in the entrance exam for recruitment of ophthalmic technicians. Interviews that were scheduled for August 26 have also been cancelled. Officials said the applicants will be re-issued admit cards and allotted a new examination date.
We are inquiring into allegations and action will be taken against the guilty officials, said Dr. R. C. Deka, AIIMS director. He did not divulge names of officials who are being probed. Eight candidates, who appeared for the examination, had written to the director on Wednesday alleging that many applicants were aware of the questions and had prepared accordingly. Sources said 110 applicants took the exam for eight posts of which 44 were selected and called for an interview.
We have been told that exams will be conducted again, said Prashant Kumar Jaiswal, one of the candidates selected in the exam. The Progressive Medicos and Scientific Forum, a group of AIIMS doctors, said in the last 10 years there have been six instances where institute examinations came under the scanner of investigating agencies, including CBI, for irregularities. Two months ago, CBI registered a case pertaining to manipulation and rigging of AIIMS entrance exam, held on May 8. Six persons had been arrested. During investigation, it was found that those involved in the question paper leak had also manipulated various entrance exams conducted by AIIMS since January 2010. The institute has failed to set up an effective mechanism to check irregularities in exams. Those responsible must be brought to book. Just rescheduling the exams wont help as it is a matter of the sanctity of the examination system of the premier institute, said a doctor.
Courtesy: Times of India
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