Tuesday, August 13, 2002, Chandigarh, India


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MBBS (1st prof) results withheld
Alleging tampering, examiner puts foot down
Varinder Walia
Tribune News Service

Amritsar, August 12
Baba Farid Health University has withheld the results of 150 students of MBBS (first professional) of the local Government Medical College following a tussle between two internal examiners over the signing of “extra award lists”. The results of other medical colleges were declared on Friday.

According to the investigation made by TNS, the practice of getting signatures of internal examiners on the award lists has been prevalent in medical colleges. Such a practice allegedly gives sufficient scope for tampering with the results.

Sources said trouble started when an internal examiner, Dr Kuldip Singh Sodhi, refused to bow to the alleged pressure of Dr Amrit Kaur, Professor and Head of a department, to put his signature on the “extra award list”.

While Dr Amrit Kaur had reportedly written to the university to debar Dr Sodhi as examiner for not signing on the list, the latter had met the university authorities with a plea that he was unable to accept the “illegal” demand. He had also reportedly told the authorities that in the past, too, tampering of award lists was done by getting the signatures of internal/external examiners on the “extra lists”.

Dr O. P. Mahajan, Principal of the medical college, said he had constituted a two-member committee to probe the charges. It would submit the report by tomorrow so that the results could be declared at the earliest. The members of the committee are Dr H. S. Gill, Medical Superintendent, and Dr Jagdish Gargi, Professor and Head, Forensic Sciences Department of the medical college.

Dr Mahajan, however, said the Principal could not do much in this matter as the matter was between the university and examiners. He said to maintain the secrecy of the examination system, the Principal should not interfere much in this regard.


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