Telangana: Students applying for the medical and common entrance test for admission into private medical and dental colleges in the state had to face a technical glitch on the website recently.
Left in the lurch, the frustrated bunch of students even alleged that they were not being allowed to access the payment gateway deliberately, as if on a deliberation to keep them blocked out as unwanted.
Joining this allegation were the parents who tried reaching the contact number shared on the website, only to be directed to a medical hall in King Koti instead. The problem only seems compounded by the fact that the medical hall owner also reciprocated to the parents calling in, complaining that he has been receiving many calls enquiring about the medical college admissions.
Now the number has been changed to 040-42210142. However, the problem still remains unresolved as the number is of a third party handling the website not of the administration of the Telangana Private Medical and Dental Colleges Managements Association.
In addition, parents have now been officially informed that there is a reported technical snag in the website and it will be open only by Monday. The last date for applying is Wednesday, and the date of the exam is May 20.
Hindu reported that parents allege that this is a deliberate attempt to keep the candidates away from taking the test to ensure that only their ‘favourite’ candidates finally apply and take the exam. The entrance test is for the “B” category students for the 25 per cent seats that can be filled by the managements at a fee of Rs. 9 lakh per annum.
A senior police officer, unwilling to be quoted, said that he also tried to reach the office address given in the website, but could not locate it in Jubilee Hills despite several attempts.
“This is raising suspicion on allegations of seats being sold to the near and dear much before the exam,” he said.