Vyapam: SC cancels admission of over 600 MBBS students

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday cancelled the admission of more than 600 students who got admission to the MBBS course in various medical colleges in Madhya Pradesh between 2008 and 2012 by illegal means.

The students had enrolled for the programme from 2008 to 2012. In Madhya Pradesh, the CBI has identified 121 impersonators. The details of  over 9.5 lakh medical students across the country.

The  Pre-PG (medical) entrance test is conducted by Madhya Pradesh Professional Examination Board (MPPEB), abbreviated as Vyapam in Hindi. A majority of applicants had  also morphed their photographs in the online application forms and impersonators had appeared for them as proxies. The degree of 634 MBBS student stands cancel.

CBI teams had approached hundreds of medical colleges and medical coaching institutes in six states  which  include Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Rajasthan and Bihar. The CBI had created a database of 9.5 lakh medical students over six months using their homogeneously digitised pictures.

The Professional Examination Board (PEB) is a self-financed, autonomous incorporated body of State Government of Madhya Pradesh. The board was initially set-up as Pre Medical Test Board by Government of Madhya Pradesh in the year 1970. Later, in the year 1981, Pre Engineering Board was constituted.

The Vyapam scam involved 13 different exams conducted by Vyapam, for selection of medical students and state government employees (including food inspectors, transport constables, police personnel, school teachers, dairy supply officers and forest guards). 

The exams were taken by around 3.2 million students. The CBI has registered 170 cases in Vyapam scam, out of which charge sheets and final reports have been filed in 74. A 40-member SIT of CBI has been probing the Vyapam scam since 2015. 

The undeserving candidates bribed the board officials through middlemen to be seated strategically next to a brilliant dummy candidate, who was also paid money. The dummy candidate let them copy from his sheet or exchanged the sheet at the end of the exam.