Selection not so NEET: Govt modified rules to help babus' kin
The Union health ministry had modified NEET-PG results to help a set of selected candidates during MD/MS counselling.
It is learnt that the ministry had tweeked the NEET-PG results to enable the selection of a group of candidates from Safdarjung Hospital affiliated to IP University, Delhi, and also supported the conduct of split counselling — for Delhi University and IP University that includes Safdarjung Hospital — in order to support the admission of kin of a top ranking official in the ministry , and other influential people.
While, according to the MCI criteria for admission to any post-graduate course, it as necessary for a general candidate to obtain a minimum of 50 percentile in the NEET-PG test. For SC/ST and other backward classes, the minimum qualifying percentile was 40.
However, after the results were declared, the health ministry on May 31, 2013, in an unprecedented manner ordered for revision in the qualifying criteria for NEET-PG from percentile to percentage basis to allegedly favour a group of candidates who have graduated MBBS from Safdarjung Hospital.
The government issued new orders changing the minimum eligibility criteria for SC/ST/OBC candidates from 40 percentile to 40 per cents.
According to the sources in the ministry, the relaxation clause in regulations was used to accommodate 13 “influential students” who otherwise were not qualified had the original results on percentile basis was used.