Monday, July 11, 2011

Streamline exam system, demand AIIMS doctors

Progressive Medicos and Scientists Forum, a group consisting of faculty members, scientists, resident doctors and under-graduate students of All-India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), has demanded that the Institute take immediate pro-active steps to streamline the examination system. “The occurrence of examination and assessment irregularities is seriously damaging the public confidence in AIIMS as being a premier Institution and this should be dealt with as a matter of urgency,” noted a release issued by the Forum.

The Forum noted that it was understandable that learners get involved in examination irregularities and malpractice because success in a public examination can have a profound, immediate and long-term impact on their life. “However, the lack of internal control measures by the examination bodies to protect and ensure the credibility of assessment outcomes is unacceptable. Also, appropriate penalties to discourage malpractice within the framework of the applicable legislations have to be implemented for high-stake public examinations to ensure the integrity of the assessments,” noted a Forum member.

The Forum members have also complained that the Institute's attempts, if any, to conduct an impartial and thorough review of its examination system, plug the leaks and bring the culprits to book have lacked transparency. “The AIIMS Faculty Association had raised the issue of malpractice in entrance tests with the administration in the aftermath of the 2002 paper leak, but the then Institute director only issued a blanket approval of the examination system, suggesting that the problem was a one-time anomaly. More than 30 written complaints have since been made to various directors and the examination section. But nothing much has come out of these complaints,” states the release.

The Forum has now called upon all trainees and faculty at AIIMS to demand that the administration conduct a thorough probe in the examination section and take strict action against offenders. Listing the various charges, the Forum's release noted: “In 2000, CBI investigated the All-India Post-graduate Medical Entrance Examination (AIPGMEE)-2000 paper leak case and charge sheets were filed against the accused. In 2004, the Jaipur court sentenced four dummy candidates - Manoj Singh, Pramod Kumar Yadav, Manoj Kumar and Jagdev Singh - to five days of police remand in connection with the leakage of question papers of the AIPGMEE-2004. Answers for the question papers were being dictated from outside through mobile phones hidden on their arms. The CBI registered cases against 28 doctors in 2006 who were suspected to have connived with unknown public servants to illegally pass the AIPGMEE-2006.”

Source: The Hindu, July 11, 2011
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