Paper leak scam raised doubts over profession: Medical students

The alleged MBBS entrance exam scam has left medical students disappointed as they feel that it has cast doubts over the noble profession of doctors.

PTI| Updated: Nov 21, 2013, 22:23 PM IST

Srinagar: The alleged MBBS entrance exam scam has left medical students here disappointed as they feel that it has cast doubts over the noble profession of doctors.

"The needle of suspicion will be pointed on genuine and hard-working students as well. The noble profession of medicine has come under cloud now. People will have doubts and would think all the students are like that and that they all buy papers and get admissions through unfair means," said Ahmad, a medical student of Government Medical College here.

The Crime Branch of the Jammu and Kashmir Police is investigating the case after a written complaint was received earlier this year that 12 students had qualified the Common Entrance TEST 2012 examination by purchasing the question papers from a syndicate that included some officials who were close to the then chairman of the Board of Professional Entrance Examinations (BOPEE) Mushtaq Ahmad Peer.

Peer was questioned yesterday by the Crime Branch and raids had been conducted at his residences in Jammu and Srinagar over the past three days.

The students demanded that names of the students who allegedly purchased the question papers be made public.

"The Crime Branch should reveal names of the students, so that they are identified and strict action be taken against them. This will relieve us from the agony that we are going through at the moment as everyone is looking at us with an eye of suspicion," said Ahmad who appeared in the CET 2012.

Another student of the college who wished anonymity said he and his friends knew that some of their classmates had got admission through unfair means as they "lagged behind" even in the basic knowledge.

"Even some of the toppers of the CET 2012 knew nothing. They failed in their internal assessments and were not allowed to appear in the final examination. It was clear that they had used unfair means to get admissions. The faith in the system and the profession has been shattered," he said.

Demanding a thorough probe into the scam, he said that students feared that their admissions may be declared null.

"Why should we suffer for the folly of others? Those who used unfair means should be punished. This should not affect our careers. We have worked hard to reach here," he said.

Meanwhile, topper of the CET 2012 Mir Wajid, whose name has figured in the Crime Branch report, said he has done nothing wrong and wants a thorough probe.

"I have done nothing wrong. I have reached here because of my hard work. You can check my records. I have been a bright student right since kindergarten," Wajid said.

"They have questioned me a number of times. I am fully cooperating with them. I hope the truth will come out soon," he said.

According to the complaint before the Crime Branch, 12 students mostly hailing from south Kashmir Anantnag district had benefited from the scam and got admission in various professional colleges of the state.

The suspicion of wrongdoing grew stronger when Crime Branch sleuths found that the said students were among the top rankers in the CET 2012 despite having below-average academic records.