Chess cer­tifi­cates ‘bought’ for `20,000 for med seats

Panel wants stu­dents sub­mit­ting fake cer­tifi­cates should be fined and booked


The in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the sports quota scam in med­i­cal seats re­vealed how cer­tain can­di­dates se­cured cer­tifi­cates in chess.

To be con­sid­ered a na­tional or in­ter­na­tional player in chess, one has to play a cy­cle of com­pe­ti­tions at school, col­lege, dis­trict, state, in­ter-state, na­tional and in­ter­na­tional level.

How­ever, through a pro­vi­sion called “donor en­try”, a stu­dent can pay `10,000 and se­cure a na­tional par­tic­i­pa­tion cer­tifi­cate, and an in­ter­na­tional level cer­tifi­cate for `20,000.

These cer­tifi­cates were sub­mit­ted to se­cure med­i­cal seats by un­de­serv­ing can­di­dates.

The Anti-Cor­rup­tion Bureau (ACB) delved into the fraud and iden­ti­fied three such un­de­serv­ing can­di­dates, two fe­male and one male, who man­aged to se­cure MBBS seats un­der sports quota dur­ing the aca­demic year 2010-11, 2016-17 and 2017-18 by sub­mit­ting cer­tifi­cates is­sued through donor en­try.

An in­ves­ti­gat­ing of­fi­cer with the ACB said, “The trio were not avid chess play­ers. The girl who bagged a med­i­cal seat in 2010-11, was a par­tic­i­pant at the Com­mon­wealth Games through donor en­try and se­cured one point in the game and she does not qual­ify for a seat. It was the same with the other two. Also, dur­ing the course of the probe when ACB of­fi­cials vis­ited col­leges where these can­di­dates se­cured a seat, it was found that none were medal­lists or even played in in­ter-col­lege chess com­pe­ti­tions.”

A mem­ber of the TS Chess As­so­ci­a­tion told Dec­can Chron­i­cle, “A se­ries of in­ter-dis­trict tour­na­ments are held through­out the state and the top 10 play­ers are se­lected, out of which two are sent for the na­tion­als. The All In­dia Chess reg­u­la­tion norms al­low two from each state. But, since we need to do jus­tice to a few more de­serv­ing play­ers, the As­so­ci­a­tion al­lows them to par­tic­i­pate through donor en­try.”

From this aca­demic year, only sportsper­sons who have par­tic­i­pated in the Olympics, Youth Olympic Games, World Cham­pi­onships in se­nior, youth, ju­nior and sub ju­nior cat­e­gories, Asian Games and Youth Asian Games can claim med­i­cal seats un­der sports quota, ac­cord­ing to a rec­om­men­da­tion made by an in­de­pen­dent com­mit­tee that is look­ing into the seats scam.

In its rec­om­men­da­tions sub­mit­ted to the Chief Min­is­ter’s Of­fice, the com­mit­tee said stu­dents sub­mit­ting fake cer­tifi­cates should be fined and booked. These rec­om­men­da­tions are be­ing con­sid­ered as fi­nal and an or­der could be is­sued soon, a se­nior of­fi­cer said

The CMO drew up fresh guide­lines for MBBS/BDS seats un­der sports quota af­ter it re­viewed a re­port sub­mit­ted by the com­mit­tee. It has framed new rules keep­ing in view the nature of sport, level of con­tri­bu­tion to the game and medals se­cured.

A se­nior of­fi­cer said the pro­posed eval­u­a­tion com­mit­tee would be headed by the sec­re­tary, youth af­fairs, tourism, sports and cul­ture and have the vice-chair­man and man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of Sports Au­thor­ity of Te­lan­gana State as con­vener.

The com­mis­sion­ers of health and fam­ily wel­fare and agri­cul­ture, the reg­is­trars of Kaloji health uni­ver­sity, Prof. Jayashankar agri­cul­tural uni­ver­sity, JNTU, Os­ma­nia Uni­ver­sity and pres­i­dent of the Olympic As­so­ci­a­tion of TS as mem­bers. The com­mit­tee has rec­om­mended that penal­ties should be im­posed and crim­i­nal cases reg­is­tered against the stu­dent and the par­ents if false cer­tifi­cates are sub­mit­ted.

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