Medical Aspirants Beware: Emails offering EWS quota MBBS, BDS seats in GMCs for Rs 10 lakh
New Delhi: Despite several regulatory measures to safeguard the interest of MBBS aspirants from falling prey to traps set for selling MBBS and dental seats for an exorbitant amount, recent media reports come as a shock, narrating how parents of aspiring medicos are receiving unknown emails that assured to secure medical and dental seats in Government Medical Colleges for lakhs of rupees.
According to a recent HT report, days after the process of admission to Under-Graduate (UG) medical and dental courses ended, unidentified emails promising medical seats in government medical college were being circulated among the aspiring MBBS students.
Earlier this year, concerned with the menace of unknown authorities issuing fake allotment letters or admission to Under Graduate (MBBS/BDS) and Post Graduate admission (MD/MS/Diploma and MDS) seats under the Central pool Quota by the Ministry of Health & FW, Government of India; the Medical Counselling Committee (MCC) had issued a warning to the MBBS and BDS candidates.
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However, the recent messages that were circulated via unknown emails were so carefully drafted that it nearly seemed genuine enough to rely on.
The sender of the email claimed to part of the UG seat allocation process and assured that they can secure a seat in government medical colleges for a fixed fee. The mail stated that the Ministry of Labour and Employment will first approve the admission, following this, the assigned government medical college will give its final nod for the admission.
However, to confirm admission, the MBBS and dental students will have to pay an amount ranging between Rs 6 lakh to Rs 10 lakh via cheque and draft that should be addressed to the Medical Council of India (MCI).
The mail also mentioned that seats will be made available for a select few candidates against the seats left empty under the economically weaker sections (EWS) quota in some government medical colleges.
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For instance, one such candidate had been asked to pay around Rs 9 lakh for the seat. This amount was reported to be distributed among others which included Rs 75,000 for the dean of an institute in Madhya Pradesh, Rs 1.22 lakh as one-time registration fees and Rs 6.75 lakh in favour of the Medical Council Committee, payable in demand draft.
Commenting on the malpractice, activist, Ruiee Kapoor told HT, "Such messages are very common, especially after the admissions season ends. Earlier, fraudsters would target parents with fake messages. But now they are using the names of authoritative organisations such as the Medical Council of India to target desperate aspirants."
Meanwhile, the parents of the MBBS, BDS students are now moving to informing the state medical education department as well as the MCI about the messages floating around.