Vya­pam virus

The scam in Mad­hya Pradesh ex­poses the crim­i­nal nexus which has in­fected In­dia's med­i­cal ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem

Down to Earth - - INVESTIGATION - KUN­DAN PANDEY |

R(name changed), a OHAN SINGH res­i­dent of Hoshangabad dis­trict in Mad­hya Pradesh, ded­i­cated 16-17 hours ev­ery day on stud­ies. His goal was to get ad­mis­sion into a gov­ern­ment med­i­cal col­lege.He at­tempted the test for three con­sec­u­tive years,but failed to make it by two to three marks each time.His fa­ther had spent 4 lakh on his coach­ing, and was

` un­able to af­ford the fees of a pri­vate med­i­cal col­lege. That was eight years ago. To­day, Singh works as a med­i­cal rep­re­sen­ta­tive in Hoshangabad. He feels cheated and says he de­served a chance to be a doc­tor.

Madhu Ku­mar (name changed) has a sim­i­lar story. She too ap­peared for the en­trance exam in 2011. She missed the cut-off mark for gov­ern­ment med­i­cal col­leges by two marks, but was el­i­gi­ble for ad­mis­sion in pri­vate col­leges. She was called for coun­selling to the Gandhi Med­i­cal Col­lege,Bhopal. As she waited for her turn, the coun­selling process stopped abruptly. Af­ter six hours when it re­sumed,Ku­mar was told that all the seats had been filled. As she was re­turn­ing with a heavy heart, she was ap­proached by strangers who as­sured her of a seat in a pri­vate med­i­cal col­lege. The cost of ad­mis­sion var­ied be­tween 17 lakh and 90 lakh.Ku­mar

` ` de­clined the of­fer.

Singh and Ku­mar are among thou­sands of as­pi­rants who un­suc­cess­fully tried their luck to be­come a doc­tor through the Mad­hya Pradesh Vyavasayik Pa­reek­sha Man­dal, com­monly known as Vya­pam. It is a self-fi­nanced and au­ton­o­mous body cre­ated by the Mad­hya Pradesh gov­ern­ment to con­duct en­trance ex­am­i­na­tion for pro­fes­sional cour­ses. But as it has turned out, Vya­pam has be­come a show­case for cor­rup­tion in med­i­cal ed­u­ca­tion.

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