High court refuses to get PMET question paper examined by third party

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Jul 07, 2015 20:50 IST

The hearing on a petition challenging the Pre-Medical Entrance Test (PMET), 2015, was adjourned till July 13 as the Baba Farid University of Health Sciences (BFUHS), Faridkot, sought time to file a fresh response on the points raised by petitioners on Tuesday.

As the hearing began, the petitioners filed a rejoinder to the affidavit filed by the university on Monday, wherein it had submitted that of the 40 questions, discrepancies were found in two questions only and it had been decided to give equal marks to all candidates.

The rejoinder filed by the petitioners had been prepared by three teachers of physics, chemistry and biology of some coaching institutes. The petitioners dismissed the university's explanations on most of the 40 questions terming them "vague".

The high court also rejected a proposal by the counsel of one of the petitioners wherein he was demanding that the question paper be sent to a third party for examination by the time the university submits its response. However, the court stated that without hearing the university, such a demand could not be acceded to.

The BFUHS on Monday had submitted that it had found discrepancies in two questions of the PMET and decided to award equal marks for these questions to all candidates. The BFUHS had conducted the examination in Jalandhar on May 17. Several students challenged it and sought cancelation of result.

Around 15,000 students took the test for more than 1,000 medical seats in the state. The BFUHS has put off counselling for admissions in the wake of ongoing litigation. Now, many of those who stand a chance for admission as per the current merit list have also become a party in the case.

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