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