The All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) has declared to conduct the entrance examination for recruitment of ophthalmic technicians again after it cancelled the results of the entrance examination conducted on August 7. The results were cancelled after it was reported that the papers were leaked in the written test. Interviews that were scheduled for August 26 have also been cancelled. The officials asserted that all the candidates will be re-issued admit cards and will be told new date of written test.
The complaint of paper leak was made by eight candidates who had also appeared for the entrance test. On Wednesday night, they had written to the director of AIIMS alleging that many candidates were already aware of the questions that came in the exam and prepared accordingly.
Dr R C Deka, Director, AIIMS, said, “We are inquiring into allegations and action will be taken against the guilty officials.” Deka, however, kept quiet over the names of the officials who are being probe.
The Progressive Medicos and Scientific Forum, a group of AIIMS doctors, said that in the last ten years there have been six instances where institute examinations came under the scanner of investigating agencies, including CBI, for irregularities. Two months ago, CBI had registered a case pertaining to manipulation and rigging of AIIMS entrance exams, held on May 8. During investigation six people were arrested and it was found that they were involved in manipulating various examinations conducted by AIIMS since January 2010.
According to a doctor, “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 won’t help as it is a matter of the sanctity of the examination system of the premier institute.”