With Punjab conducting a separate pre-medical entrance test (PMET) on May 17 after a gap of two years, the students are a worried lot as the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) is yet to incorporate corrections in their biology books.
Last year, the NCERT had promised to rectify about 100 errors in the next edition of the biology books, but the council is yet to come out with the revised edition of Class 11 and 12 biology books. Though a few mistakes had been rectified in the books currently available in the market, there are still some errors that need to be rectified.
"I am really confused as to which fact would be considered correct by the university, the erroneous one that still persists in the NCERT textbook or the one which the NCERT has accepted and corrected. I think university should clear the confusion before the test," said Arushi Aggarwal, a Class 12 student and a PMET aspirant.
A local academician and PMET trainer Arvind Goyal also filed an RTI enquiring the criteria set for checking the paper by the university, to which the university denied any reply. The university authorities stated that the information could not be given under RTI.
"The university authorities should clarify that which facts will be considered correct in PMET. Many students across the state are not aware about the errors accepted by the NCERT, which are yet to be incorporated in the books," he added.
Goyal said, "Moreover like CBSE, which conducts AIPMT pan India, Baba Farid University should also put answer keys on their website and invite objections to ensure transparency. Officials from the university have refused our suggestion. The university seems is not able to see the wider perspective of bringing transparency in the system."
Talking to the HT over phone, vice-chancellor of Baba Farid University Raj Bhadur ensured that in case any student would approach the university with their enquiries related to checking, they would be provided with OMR sheet along with the answers in the university after charging fees for the procedure.
"We have our expert panel here and thus they would give marks to the correct fact only negating the errors in books. Students need not to worry about the checking. We would not put the answers on the website, following the procedure adhered by PGI. In case of objections, students can approach us," stated the V-C.