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WBJEE in Soup; Raises Marks to Ensure Admissions

Dec 2014 Source: Times of India

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The government of West Bengal has allegedly increased the marks of 1000 candidates in the West Bengal Joint Entrance Examination, WBJEE 2014 in order to fill their seats in medical colleges across the state. If such an allegation is proved, then the career of the said candidates will be in peril.

The West Bengal Joint Entrance Examination Board (WBJEEB) is believed to be linked  with the West Bengal Health and Family Welfare Department in the act.

An official complaint filed with MCI on November 17, 2014 noted that both the government bodies together raised the actual marks secured by 1,000 candidates. They did so to fill the huge number of seats which remained vacant as opposed to the total 2,850 seats.

The Medical Council of India (MCI), in a written letter to the state government, has warned of dire consequences if such an allegation is proved

Jayshreeben Mehta, president, Medical Council of India, said, "We have taken cognizance of the matter and have written a letter to the state government. We will take strong action if this is proved and if anybody is found guilty.”

WBJEE has uploaded the answer keys along with the OMR and response sheets of the candidates. So now the examinees have access to their own answer sheets and the marks obtained per question.

On investigation, it was revealed that while some candidates got 115 marks, they have been allotted 151 marks. The complaint also stated that the minimum pass mark is 122, which is 50% of the total 243 marks.

Sushanta Banerjee,Director of medical education however, has denied any such allegations. Chandrima Bhattacharya, state health minister, was unavailable for comments.


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