The Punjab and Haryana high court on Thursday reserved its judgment on the petition of some students, who had challenged the May 17 examination as arguments concluded from all participating parties on the issue.
During the almost three-month hearing, the Punjab and Haryana high court bench of justice RK Jain accorded almost three-four hearings per week to the issue and each hearing was conducted for up to three hours. Both sides cited academic works, precedents in the past on the issue before high courts and the Supreme Court. "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," said senior advocate, Anupam Gupta, who appeared on behalf of Baba Farid University of Health Sciences (BFUHS). "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," he added.
The test was conducted by the BFUHS on May 17. The petitioner had challenged the examination seeking its cancellation alleging that the question paper for the examination was not in keeping with the prospectus issued by the university. They also submitted details of 40-odd questions which the petitioners had claimed 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.
The university had during the hearing accepted that two questions were found wrong and had announced that equal marks would be allotted to all the students. However, it had maintained that it would not disclose the question paper and submitted that no other errors were found.
The third party in the case, were those students, who as per the result had scored good marks and had chances of getting admission and had opposed cancellation of examination.