No re-test for Punjab PMET-2015 as High court dismisses the plea

Punjab and Haryana high courtThe final order has been issued from the Punjab and Haryana High Court. Justice Rakesh Kumar Jain clarified today that the re-examination can not be ordered. However, the Court has directed the University to revise the result of PMET 2015 as some questions (question number 19, 26, 47 and 71) stands cancelled. Baba Farid University of Health Sciences has also been directed to start the admission process without wasting much time.

There are around 1,000 seats in the medical institution of the State, for which Punjab Government issued notification (notification number – 5/35/2014-5HB-III/559) on 30 March this year. The State government authorized Baba Farid University of Health Sciences to conduct the Punjab Medical Entrance Test, PMET-2015. The university, then invited online applications for admission to MBBS/BDS course for which 15,517 applications were received. Out of all applicants, 15152 appeared in the entrance test conducted on 17 May.

A writ petition was filed in the Punjab and Haryana High Court by Reetika of Patiala and others demanding explanations from the university for the chaos created during the test and also the cancellation of the entrance test alleging discrepancies in the exam process. This was the first time that such large scale test was conducted at singe venue. Petitioners also submitted details of 40-odd questions claiming them to be wrong. According to petitioners, answers of 23 questions were wrong. There were major printing errors in nine questions and in the third category, 11 questions were such in which choices offered were more than one. Advocate Girish Agnihotri took the case on the behalf of petitioners.

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During the hearing, the university had accepted that two questions were wrong and had announced that equal marks would be allotted to all students.

The hearing has continued to a long duration of 3 months and considering the sensitivity of the issue, Justice Rakesh Kumar Jain accorded 3-4 hearings per week while each hearing was conducted for upto 3 hours. Detailed discussions were carried out during the hearings. Senior Advocate Anupam Gupta, advocate for Baba Farid University of Health Sciences said “All possible issues legal, academic and scientific (on the controversy), individual questions, right of evaluation, re-examination and the issues with regard to whether questions should be disclosed or not, were debated threadbare. Scope of judicial review, role and status of NCERT academic weight to be attached (in such entrance tests) and detailed analysis of the disputed questions and answers etc were the issued among others dealt with by the court during the hearing.”

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