The Baba Farid University of Health Sciences (BFUHS), Faridkot, on Wednesday told the Punjab and Haryana high court that the May 17 pre-medical entrance test (PMET) was held at a single venue to ensure “effective control and monitoring”.
“The idea was to thwart unscrupulous elements, who work for illicit gains,” said BFUHS authorities, adding that state director general of police and the additional director general of police (intelligence), were requested to provide security and surveillance at the venue.
As many as 32 candidates had on May 28 moved the high court seeking cancellation of the exam citing various reasons. On venue selection, the BFUHS authorities said Lovely Professional University (LPU), Phagwara, was chosen as it had 20 academic blocks with a seating capacity of 41,170. LPU had good infrastructure for such a test, said the authorities. The university said candidates were told about the venue in advance.
BFUHS authorities, however, refused to share question papers. BFUHS registrar Darshan Singh Sandhu told the court varsity had got re-evaluated answer sheets of 247 candidates, who had asked for it. They were found to have been correctly examined. “Disclosure or supply of the question paper at this level will only facilitate private coaching centres,” the university said. The varsity said it was ready to share OMR sheets of candidates.
On allegation that many students could not appear in the test, BFUHS said the number of candidates was 97% more than previous occasions.
Regarding charges against the invigilating staff, authorities said centre superintendents and deputy superintendents were appointed by LPU. Two observers each for 62 centres and 15 special observers were appointed by the varsity, BFUHS counsel Anupam Gupta told the court.
The seating plan at centres was such that no case of impersonation was found, said varsity authorities. An army convoy resulted in an unexpected traffic congestion on the Jalandhar-Delhi highway due to which the test was delayed, the court was told. On mistakes in the question paper, as alleged by petitioners, it said a committee formed to look into the matter found no errors.
The matter would be heard on Monday by the single -judge bench of Justice RK Jain, who had also heard the petition on May 28. The government, too, has filed a reply on the petition, backing the varsity.