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Online Counseling & Admission Software For PG Medical Courses Not Foolproof

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It is alleged that the software developed by the National Informatics Centre (NIC) for online counseling and admission to post-graduate medical courses was not foolproof and prone to hacking.

Supreme court bench Justice H L Gokhale and Justice Ranjana Prakash Desai was told this on Tuesday by Nushad Ahmed Khan, the counsel for the petitioner Pankila Mittal. It was alleged that the result of the second round of counseling was hacked a day before the date of declaration which fell on 12 June.

The results of the second round of counseling could be leaked proves that not only the software prepared by the NIC is prone to hacking/tampering/manipulation/addition/alteration/deletion/modification, but also it negates the contention of the union health ministry that the online counseling would be faceless yet fully transparent and fair.

The petitioner was allotted a seat in a Mumbai-based medical college for a post-graduate degree course but participated in the second round of counseling so that she could get admission to a discipline of her choice. Failing to get a better opportunity in the second round of counseling, she had locked her earlier post-graduate degree course admission in the Mumbai college. Whereas the results so put on the internet on June 11, a day before the scheduled day of declaration which fell on 12 June, showed her being admitted to a diploma in veneralogy and dermatology where as she had opted for a post-graduate degree course.

It is alleged that several other candidates also had suffered such down scaling of their courses from post-graduate MS/MD to diploma courses and vice-versa.

Counsel Rekha Pandey, who appeared for the government, sought time for taking instruction from the directorate general of health services. The matter will come up again for hearing Thursday.

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