Three doctors, four others arrested for impersonation

April 1st, 2008 - 12:24 am ICT by admin  

New Delhi, March 31 (IANS) Three doctors and four others have been arrested here for impersonating and writing entrance exams for students who studied medicine abroad but wanted to practice in India, the police said Monday. Doctors Amit Kumar, 29, Gaurav Kumar, 25, and Anupam Anand, 29, and four others - identified as Kumar Vishal, 25, Amit Kumar, 27, Nagender, 27, and Ravinder Kumar, 24 - were arrested for appearing at the Foreign Medical Graduate (FMG) Examination and Screen Test under false identity.

They were arrested Sunday from Kendriya Vidalaya exam centre in Jawaharlal Nehru University.

The FMG Examination is mandatory for students from foreign universities, who wish to practice in India. FMG is not a competitive entrance examination, but a mechanism to ensure that candidates have actually pursued a medical course overseas.

“During investigations it was found that it was an organized racket where doctors who have degrees from foreign medical colleges engage other doctors and would give up to Rs.300,000 to Rs.350,000 to impersonate and write their FMG exam,” said Deputy Commissioner of Police (Crime Branch) Anil Shukla.

The National Board of Examination (NBE) under the ministry of health and family welfare conducts the FMG. Unless the foreign graduates pass this exam, they are not registered with the Medical Council of India (MCI) for professional practice.

Over the years, Russia, China, Nepal and Germany have become favourites among Indian students for getting their medical degrees.

The Russian degree is the most sought after and about 800 to 900 students go to Russia for studies each year. The Russian education system offers a six-year course after which a master’s certificate is awarded to the students. This is considered the equivalent of bachelor in medicine degree in India.

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