NCC guest cer­tifi­cates used for quota in MBBS

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The Te­lan­gana State Direc­torate of the Na­tional Cadet Corps, a wing of the de­fence min­istry, has come un­der the scan­ner of the An­ti­Cor­rup­tion Bureau. The NCC direc­torate al­legedly is­sued cer­tifi­cates to can­di­dates who par­tic­i­pated as “guests” in the Repub­lic Day Pa­rade in New Delhi. Based on these cer­tifi­cates, MBBS/BDS seats were se­cured by un­de­serv­ing can­di­dates.

In 2016-17, 23 seats were thus oc­cu­pied and 28 in 2015-16. The pre­vi­ous Congress gov­ern­ment had in­creased the NCC quota from 0.5 to 1 per cent of med­i­cal seats, which is dou­ble that of the sports quota.

Fol­low­ing the in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the med­i­cal seats scam that nailed the Sports Author­ity of TS, the ACB opened its doors to com­plaints. One of the many com­plaints came from Rani Aish­warya who alleged fraud in the scru­tiny process car­ried out by the NCC direc­torate while pri­ori­tis­ing can­di­dates seek­ing med­i­cal seats un­der the NCC quota.

He told Dec­can Chron­i­cle: “At the time of se­lec­tion for Repub­lic Day Pa­rade camps, each cadet is given a specific num­ber called chest num­ber with which he/she will par­tic­i­pate in the suc­ces­sive se­lec­tion camps. But no chest num­ber will be given to the gen­eral/other NCC cadets who did not choose to par­tic­i­pate in Repub­lic Day camp selections. Af­ter pe­rus­ing the camp records we found that none of the cadets who got ad­mis­sion un­der NCC quota for their alleged par­tic­i­pa­tion in the camps for the aca­demic years 2013 to 2017 were al­lot­ted a chest num­ber

The el­i­gi­bil­ity of the NCC can­di­date to seek reser­va­tion and ad­mis­sion to the MBBS/BDS de­pends on the cer­tifi­cate show­ing par­tic­i­pa­tion in the Repub­lic Day Camp at New Delhi, and Repub­lic Day Camp at state-level.

It is alleged that un­trained NCC cadets as well as non-NCC cadets were pri­ori­tised for se­cur­ing med­i­cal ad­mis­sion.

THE NCC direc­torate al­legedly is­sued cer­tifi­cates to can­di­dates who par­tic­i­pated as guests in the R-Day Pa­rade fa­cil­i­tat­ing them to se­cure MBBS/BDS seats.

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