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    The council says there is no transparency in the CET exams conducted for diplomas and fellowship programme.

    The Maharashtra Medical Council (MMC) has raised serious objections on the admission procedures of College of Physician and Surgeons (CPS). The council has alleged that the CPS is manipulating the admission process for various diplomas and fellowship programs in what could be similar to the Vyapam scam in Madhya Pradesh.

    The Vyapam scam is an admission & recruitment scam involving politicians, senior officials and businessmen.

    The CPS conducts an Asso-CPS-PG-CET Common Entrance Test (CET) to fill 290 out of the 430 seats for their diplomas and fellowship programme. The remaining 146 seats are filled through a management quota also called in-service or in-house quota.

    More than 100 medical institutes across the state, including Nanavati Hospital, Mumbai Port Trust hospital, KEM, Bhatia Hospital, Saifee hospital, Dr L H Hiranandani Hospital etc are running 15 diplomas and 10 fellowship programs in various fields such as medicine, surgery, ophthalmology, etc under CPS.

    According to MMC, the CPS is conducting examinations, setting papers and the syllabus, and providing admissions, but there is no check on the institutes providing the post-graduate diplomas. Further, the Medical Council of India (MCI) has derecognised the courses in 2009.

    The CPS conducted the CET exams on December 11 and earned around Rs 55 lakh by charging an entrance fee of Rs 5,000 from 1,064 students who appeared for the examination.

    As per the powers given to the MMC under the MCI and MMC Act, the MMC officers visited the CPS-CET as observers and sealed the papers. The seal was broken on December 17, while the MMC observers were not driven away.

    MMC President Dr Kishore Tawri said, “There is no transparency in CET. The admissions are manipulated. The admissions should be done through MH-CET instead of an independent CET.” Tawri claimed that if the suggestions are approved, it would help students financially and logistically. CPS Office Superintendent Anil Upadhyay claimed that CPS is an autonomous body but stated that the government has not declared it as one.

    CPS President Girish Maindarkar has written to the registrar, a copy of which is with Mumbai Mirror, which says, “Evaluating answer sheets, generating marks and preparing the merit list is highly sensitive and confidential. People deputed by the state government only shall be allowed to take part in the process.”

    Maindarkar also claimed that they cannot provide any material related to the CET as it doesn’t fit into the bylaws of MMC or CPS. He also refuted the medical council’s authority. He wrote, “As per section 27 of the bylaws, the MMC can neither interfere in the CET by deputing officers nor can it demand to furnish any document related to the examination.” However, the medical council opines that the bylaws of MCI and MMC Act allow the council to do so.

    Medical education department officials said that the matter will be heard once the assembly’s winter session is over.


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