In the background of a scam detected in admissions to MBBS course in various colleges of Telangana under the sports quota in 2017-18, the State government has framed stringent rules for admissions this year which includes a penal clause for the first time.

Six out of 11 MBBS seats in sports quota, constituting 0.5% of the total intake in the course through EAMCET, were found to have been allotted on the basis of 14 bogus certificates of excellence furnished by students last year.

There were 232 applications under the quota.

Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao intervened in the matter and handed over investigation to the Anti-Corruption Bureau of police which has so far arrested a Deputy Director of Sports Authority of Telangana State (SATS) on allegations of connivance with students and sports bodies that issued certificates. Mr. Rao also announced hike in sports quota up to 2% in education and employment this year which has resulted in government stepping up its vigil against false certificates.

It constituted a committee headed by a retired IAS officer B.V. Papa Rao, Advisor to government on policy and institutional development, and the Vice-Chairman and Managing Director of SATS and secretary of youth advancement as members to prepare the guidelines for admissions in the quota. The General Administration Department, on the other hand, is in the process of issuing orders to implement 2% reservation from this year.

Scrutiny committee

A four-member scrutiny committee will prepare the priority list in accordance with a point system in the scale of one to ten in both individual and team events and send its recommendations to the evaluation committee, comprising ten members, for approval.

The number of sports disciplines were enhanced from 29 previously to 48. The priority list will be prepared considering the best achievements in the last four years from Olympic Games right down to national championships in senior, youth, junior and sub-junior categories.

The highest weightage of 10 points is allotted to gold medalists in individual events of Olympic Games while the lowest of 0.5 points is reserved for bronze medalists in junior and sub-junior categories of team events in national championships. Unlike in the past, the new rules did not envisage any points for mere participation in national championships.

Warning the candidates of criminal action for submission of false certificates, the rules said the sports associations which issued them will be disqualified for three years besides the signatories facing prosecution.

Warning the candidates of criminal action for submission of false certificates, the rules said the sports associations which issued them will be disqualified for three years besides the signatories facing prosecution.

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