SC to examine plea on hacking of medical seats



New Delhi: The Supreme Court has agreed to examine a girl student's petition alleging large-scale manipulation, hacking and tampering of the ongoing online counselling for All India Post Graduate Medical Entrance examination courses across the country.

A bench of Justices HL Gokhale and Ranjana Prakash Desai said it would take up the petition on Tuesday after counsel Naushad Ahmad Khan appearing for the petitioner Pankila Mittal mentioned the matter before it on Friday.

According to Pankila, besides her, a large number of top rankers who had opted for MD/MS courses, were shocked to find that they have been allotted seats in diploma courses, which is far inferior choices for their ranks, due to alleged hacking and manipulation.

The duration course of MD/MS course is three years, whereas the diploma is of two years duration. There are about 5500 PG seats for the present academic year of 2012-13, under all India quota from states.

Pankila, who had secured 692 marks at the national competitive exams claimed that she had appeared for the online counselling held on January 8 conducted by AIIMS, which is the nodal agency, in the unreserved quota and opted for as many as 24 choices.

In the first round of counselling, she was allotted a seat in Seth G S Medical College, Mumbai and on May 16, she completed all formalities of admission on the basis of her rank.

The petitioner claimed she had specifically preferred MD courses with preferential choice of MD (Obstetrics and gynaecology, Dermatology, and Veneral and Leprosy.

But to her shock, she was allotted "Diploma in Veneralogy & Dermatology" which she had never wanted.

The petition stated that the official date for publication of results was June 12, but, many of them had come to know about it on June 11 itself, unofficially vide social networking sites through uploaded PDF files.

"Since the result was availed by social networking sites unofficially, irresistibly we can reach the conclusion that the software prepared by the NIC is not foolproof/tamper-free software, prone to hacking/tampering/manipulation/addition/ alteration/deletion/modification.

"Many meritorious students who were allotted with provisional allotment letters in institutions at the first round in MD speciality courses, when opted their choice for upgrade in the round 2 and 3 were allotted to diploma courses which are staring at the ex-facie records" it said.

The petition cited the instances of Sudhansu Shekhar Das, Uttam Kumar Lenka and Vinya Kumar Muttagi, who were allotted courses they never opted for.

Pankila urged the apex court to ensure that she was not deprived of her originally allotted seat and also wanted the court "to pass any such further order/s as this hon'ble court may deem fit and proper".

PTI