Following the representation submitted by the local academician, Avind Goyal, Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) has directed its central university division to look into the issue of unauthorised and fake publication of previous years' question papers of various undergraduate entrance exams including that of All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) and Jawaharlal Institute of Post Graduate Medical Education and Research (JIPMER), Puducherry.
In his representation, Arvind stated that AIIMS allowed MBBS aspirants to take the questions papers back home only between 2003 and 2006, post which the practice had been stopped.
But despite this, many private publishers have been selling question papers of previous years (especially since 2007) claiming them to be original papers. However, the authenticity of these papers is doubtful since it was never made public by the AIIMS authorities.
Similarly, JIPMER and CMC, Ludhiana never allowed the candidates to take the question paper back home, however the question papers of these institutions are also available in the market.
Goyal stated that last year he filed an RTI application with AIIMS, New Delhi to get the question papers of last five years but the request was declined on the ground that these papers were part of its question bank and that their supply would be against the larger interest of public.
"When AIIMS has not released these papers in the public domain, then publishing and then claiming them to be original, is not only unauthorised but an illegal practice as well and must be stopped immediately," he said further adding that the response of the MHRD is welcome but it must take strict ction against this illegal practice.
According to Goyal, ironically the question papers of the same year but published by different publishers even do not match with each other. It clearly indicates that these question papers are fake, thereby fleecing the gullible students.
"If HRD Ministry, AIIMS and other institutions fail to take any concrete steps to stop this illegal practice, we will file a PIL in the Punjab and Haryana High Court seeking directions to the concerned authorities to take necessary steps to stop this malpractice," he added.