Tamil Nadu nursing admission scam comes to light



Chennai: Months after officials in Tamil Nadu unearthed engineering admissions scam where some students allegedly submitted fake documents to secure engineering seat, a similar scam in nursing admissions have surfaced following the arrest of two persons including a retired headmaster.

Retired headmaster Sampath and his accomplice Saravanan were arrested from Aarani and Vellore yesterday and some fake class XII marksheets were recovered from them, police said today.

Police formed special teams based on a complaint from officials of the Madras Medical College which had alleged that many students had produced fake marksheets during the academic years 2006-07, 2007-08 and 2008-09 to join nursing courses and prayed for action, police said in a release here today.

The arrested persons were produced before a local court which remanded them to custody, police said.

In July, officials had discovered malpractices in engineering admissions when they detected that about 40 students had allegedly produced fake Class XII marksheets with enhanced marks to obtain engineering admission.

Probe is already underway and two persons--a retired headmaster and a records clerk with Directorate of College Education--were arrested in that issue.

PTI