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AYUSH Admission Scam: Details of Deserving Candidates ‘Changed’; STF to Investigate Scam

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Details of candidates in counseling magazines have reportedly been changed to allow admission to those who scored low grades, to Ayurveda, Unani and Homeopathy colleges in the state through NEET-2021, a primary probe has suggested.

As many as 891 first-year students of traditional medicine in Uttar Pradesh are being scanned after the state government announced an investigation into ‘fraudulent admissions’ to Ayurveda, Unani and Homeopathy colleges. Six Ayurveda students in Lucknow had already been suspended in this regard.

Of the 891, 43 are students of government Ayurveda colleges, while 473 others had been admitted to private Ayurveda colleges; six are students from state-run and two from private homeopathy colleges; and 367 are Unani students. It is claimed that these students were admitted despite scoring below the cut-off limits.

“We have ordered an investigation… The guilty will be punished after a thorough investigation…” Dayashankar Mishra said ‘Dayalu’, Uttar Pradesh minister AYUSH said.

Meanwhile, an investigation into the matter will now be conducted by Uttar Pradesh Special Task Force. “An FIR has been filed against Ayurveda colleges,” said Rajesh Srivastava, ADCP (central).

The research team will receive documents related to the recordings and details about the software used for the guidance and seat allocation.

In addition to officials from the agency that conducted the counseling, officials from the AYUSH department are also likely to be questioned by the investigation team.

After the matter came to light, the Ayurveda Directorate matched the list of candidates who passed NEET in the year with the data from the Office of the Director General of Medical Education, and found that the admission of 891 candidates to the said colleges was questionable.

“The initial investigation has revealed that names and other details of candidates, such as assignment number and date of birth, have been changed. For example, the name of a deserving candidate was removed and someone who did not score well was admitted through counseling. This is a criminal offense,” said the AYUSH Department’s first investigative report.

In the NEET-2021 counseling, of the 7,338 sanctioned seats, 6,797 were filled.

It can be added to this that the agency that conducted the NEET-2021 counseling for AYUSH also conducted the counseling for the appointment of paramedical personnel in the Ayurveda department.

How the cheating was done?

“If candidate ‘A’ has achieved 100 points, which would mean that he/she is qualified for the exam, then certain changes have been made to the ‘A’ data on the server. Thus, a non-deserving candidate was given the seat that belonged to someone else. To ensure there is no controversy, only the names of candidates from outside Uttar Pradesh have been removed and replaced with candidates with poor grades,” said a senior official familiar with the case.

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