AIIMS bars professor from guiding PhD students for three years

The man pretended to be a doctor at AIIMS Delhi. Creative Commons

The All-India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) has debarred a professor from guiding PhD and research students for the next three years following a suicide attempt by one of her students who had accused her of harassment and abuse.

The police were surprised with his elaborate knowledge about medicine but that doesn't excuse his lack of qualification to be a doctor.

With over 2,000 resident doctors in AIIMS, it is hard to know each and every person individually and Khurram used this to his advantage and avoided being caught.

Adnan Khurram is a native of Bihar, lived near Jamia Nagar, in Batla House.

The incident came to light only after hospital authorities and members of the Resident Doctors' Association released his pictures online, and the hospital's security caught him, DNA reported. During the questioning, Khurram has been frequently changing his statements. Owing to such a large number of doctors, it's also not possible to know everyone personally, he added.

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Khurram has studied till Class X and has no criminal record.

According to RDA president Harjit Singh, Khurram had been observing his activities in the campus for the past many months and made a decision to keep a watch. "We started doubting his credentials and then we found that he is not from any of our departments", wrote Dr Abhishek Singh, vice-president, Resident Doctors' Association, AIIMS. To some, he would claim to be a junior resident doctor and to the junior resident doctors he would regard himself as an undergraduate medical student. "He had even made his way to the WhatsApp groups", said Singh.

"As AIIMS consists of at least 2,000 resident doctors, it is very hard to know each and every person personally".

Deputy commissioner of police (south) Romil Baaniya said that Khurram had been booked under sections 468 (forgery for objective of cheating) and 419 that pertains to impersonation of the Indian Penal Code at Hauz Khas Police Station, HT reported. According to Financial Express, doctors became suspicious of Khurram when he was attending a marathon on Saturday. When someone asked him about his identity, he couldn't give satisfactory replies. During investigation, it was found that Khurram had uploaded many photographs wearing a doctor's coat and stethoscope on social media.

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