PMET 2015: High Court Notice stays admissions

Punjab and Haryana High CourtThe Punjab and Haryana High Court put stay on the admissions based on the Punjab Medical Entrance Test – PMET 2015.The high court bench of Justice SS Saron and Justice Shekhar Bhawan responded on an appeal made against the earlier decision. The court ordered that the Punjab government and Baba Farid University of Health Sciences (BFUHS), Faridkot are required to file the response by 17 September. The court also observed that the University can hold the counselling session, but it cannot finalize the admission by fee deposition.

Senior advocate Gurminder Singh and IPS Kohli, on the behalf of petitioners, submitted that the question paper was full of errors. They also mentioned that 26 out of total 50 questions in Physics section were wrong and same was the case with other sections. They said, “This has caused grave prejudice to the rights of the appellants; and it is not one or two questions that are wrong but more than 40 out of 200 in four papers.”

An appeal was filed in the Punjab and Haryana High Court to challenge the single judge order on PMET 2015 taken on 1 September. Earlier hearing by Court dismissed the plea and directed no-retest for PMET.

The petitioners demanded the quashing of the single judge order and sought directions to BFUHS concerning re-examination or getting the question paper assessed by an expert independent agency.

Justice Rakesh Kumar Jain, addressing the decision on the earlier petition, had ruled out the re-test and directed the University to revise the merit list and initiate the admission process.

Rejecting the demand of re-test, Justice Jain mentioned, “The examination cannot be ordered to be re-conducted, on the mere ipse dixit (he himself said it) of the petitioners, otherwise the court would tread on a dangerous path in case the examination of such a magnitude and importance is ordered to be cancelled only on the basis of mere allegations.”

The University had accepted that the question paper was full of errors and even some questions had more than one correct answer. Arguing on the issue, the petitioners said, it would be ‘unjust’ on the students who prepared for entrance examination, under the mindset of only one correct answer and they were subjected to such ambiguous questions. The Court had stated on 1 September that it was fully satisfied with the asseverations made by the respondent university thus validated the test process.

Some candidates appealed against the decision and said that the orders of single bench were arbitrary and passed by ignoring vital facts related to the case. They argued that the court has ignored some major facts and hence the decision must be revised.

The entrance test was conducted on 17 May to furnish admissions to 920 seats in MBBS course and 1070 seats in BDS course.

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