More facts revealed in public hearing

More facts revealed in public hearing
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More facts revealed in public hearing. Prof. L Venugopala Reddy, chairman, Andhra Pradesh State Council for Higher Education (APSCHE), on Thursday held a public hearing on allegations over the PG medical entrance.

Vijayawada: Prof. L Venugopala Reddy, chairman, Andhra Pradesh State Council for Higher Education (APSCHE), on Thursday held a public hearing on allegations over the PG medical entrance. The hearing took place at the Acharya Nagarjuna University campus, where he met the representatives of the Andhra Pradesh Junior Doctors’ Association (APJUDA) and other ‘aggrieved’ medical students.

The APJUDA members alleged that the question paper of the PG medical entrance test was leaked to a select group of persons who were benefited out of it. They also alleged that some of the students who did not do well in the MBBS or other equivalent examinations held in the past, have done well in the PG entrance test and have also scored ranks below 100. They pointed out that this was possible only if the question paper was leaked to them. They also accused of a nexus between the brokers and the university authorities, in making the question paper available to students. The ‘aggrieved’ students said that those who were listed in between one to 100 ranks in the PG medical entrance test have gone to places like Bengaluru for ‘special coaching’ and have subsequently scored the top ranks which are contrary to their previous academic results.
The APSCHE chairman, who interacted with the students and received complaints, told a group of media persons that they were probing into every aspect related to the entrance test. Venugopal Reddy, earlier in the day, held talks with university officials, related to the examinations, including controller of examinations, in Vijayawada and discussed the process of setting question papers, printing, delivering the question paper from the press to the university and then dispatching them to the examination centers.
The chairman said that they had also gathered information regarding people assigned with various duties from the time of receiving the question paper for printing till the papers were dispatched to the university. Staff members at the examination cell and at the office of the controller of examinations were also questioned about the process of handling the question paper, to find out if the charges of leakage have any substantial support.
The APSCHE chief said that he had received representations from students regarding allegations related to the entrance test. He welcomed representations from students belonging to different places, and asked them to contact him on chairmanapsche@gmail.com.
Prof. Venugopala Reddy initially was keen on holding this public hearing in the State Guest House, Vijayawada. However, due to the election code and the non-availability of the guest house, the venue was shifted to Acharya Nagarjuna University. “We wanted to ensure that the public hearing is held in a government establishment and we found the university campus suitable for this,” he said. He further added that he would submit a report to the Governor in the next couple of days.
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