The Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), Chandigarh, will soon conduct examinations online to minimise any chances of fraud, cheating or manipulation of the system. The first such test will be conducted for the recruitment of clerks soon, sources said.
The system will then be extended to admission entrance examinations like MD/MS courses. The administration of the online test will be outsourced.
The minutes of the meeting in which the proposal was discussed, state: "Online examination using an outsourcing agency will be a viable option for its smooth conduct and also to prevent any cheating. The institute therefore observes that examinations …..where a large number of candidates are expected to enrol, a computer-based end-to-end online examination may be conducted through tendering process."
The meeting was attended by the director and the dean. During the MD/MS courses admission test on on November 10, 2012, the CBI arrested several candidates using hi-tech devices to leak the question paper. Most of the people who attempt to cheat in the examination were girls from Andhra Pradesh. After the leak was detected, the institute had scrapped the entrance examination and conducted it again.
In September 2010, the CBI had arrested two PGIMER doctors, studying for post-graduation, for securing admission by impersonation.