Baba Farid University of Health Sciences (BFUHS), Faridkot, has cancelled the June23-25 counselling for Punjab Pre Medical Entrance Test (PMET) candidates.
The decision of the varsity was conveyed to the Punjab and Haryana high court on Monday during the resumed hearing on a petition by 32 candidates, who have demanded the cancellation of the May 17 test.
The university said fresh counselling dates would be finalised and notified soon.
Two students — Manshikha (37th rank on the merit list) and Khushpreet (190th rank) moved the high court praying for being impleaded as party to the proceedings saying that allegations of mistakes in the question paper were baseless. They alleged that the petition was delaying the counselling and admission process.
Manshikha and Khushpreet said there were no mistakes or irregularities in the way the entrance examination was conducted and it was only the unsuccessful candidates who are crying foul to derail the admission process.
The court took up their pleas and told petitioners to file a reply by June 30.
BFUHS wants week’s time to file report
The HC granted permission to the university to examine court records and file a consolidated report of subject experts on questions that were described as wrong by petitioners. On June 19, the petitioners had pointed out that 35 questions were wrong in the test.
Earlier, the university had told the court that a set of 15 questions supplied by 10 petitioners were examined by experts, who found allegations made by students baseless. The university, however, admitted that there was a printing error in two questions of 4 marks each for which all students have been compensated.
In their May 28 petition, 32 candidates had alleged that the BFUHS had tried to conduct the examination for admission to MBBS and BDS courses in medical colleges of the state in a "clandestine" manner.
They had alleged that for the three-hour examination, in which 15,000 candidates appeared, only one centre was set up. This resulted in chaos and harassment to students and nearly 300 candidates could not take the test due to traffic jams.
The petitioners had also alleged "glaring mistakes" in the question paper and questioned the university's move to not put answer sheets and question papers online.