Three months have passed since the Punjab Pre-Medical Entrance Test (PMET), 2015, was conducted by Baba Farid University of Health Sciences, Faridkot on May 17. However, all medical and dental colleges in the state, which are to fill its MBBS and BDS seats based on the PMET results, are still waiting for the verdict of the Punjab and Haryana high court on the fate of this entrance test, leaving medical aspirants in a tizzy.
Many students had filed a petition, stating that the question paper had several glaring errors and most of the students were not happy with their result, after which the counselling process was called off.
Talking to Hindustan Times on this issue, father of an 18-year-old girl from Ludhiana, who wished not to be named, said that they had filed the petition as they strongly felt the test should be conducted again as the future of students depended on this. A doctor himself, his daughter had also appeared for the test.
He said, “My daughter is a bright student. She has qualified almost all the tests, but the result of PMET was highly disappointing. Many students have got the same rank, which is not justifiable. The exam started off late. Certain VIP students were allowed to enter late, though late entry wasn’t allowed as per the guidelines.”
Even though his daughter has qualified the AIPMT test, they are still waiting for the PMET results as he is not comfortable sending his daughter out of the state.
Meanwhile, Amarjeet Kaur from Patiala said, “Three months have passed and the case is still pending in the court. How will the students cope-up with their first year syllabus as the admission procedures have yet not started? We request the honourable court to give the final verdict at the earliest.”
Talking about the issue, Rohan Sharma (18), who had appeared for the test, said he did not want the test to be conducted again. The Tarn Taran boy said, “I have cleared both the AIPMT as well as the PMET exams. I wish to pursue MBBS and through AIPMT, I am getting admission in BDS only. So I am waiting for the court’s verdict on PMET results.”
He said he found errors in 4-5 questions. “There was major misprinting in certain questions but those who had prepared thoroughly for the exam could still attempt the paper easily,” he said, adding that many of his friends were angry over the delay.
“Many have already joined other courses, while others are still sitting at home, waiting for a final decision to be taken,” he informed. A mother of an 18-year-old girl from Faridkot, on condition of anonymity, said she was not happy with the way the test was conducted.
“We seek justice in the case. Lovely Professional University was the only centre for the test and people from far off places got late. The exam began an hour late and then answer sheets of some of the students were taken back after the commencement of the exam. Also, unlike the instructions on the prospectus, there were multiple choice questions with more than one correct answer. They haven’t provided us with the answer keys either. Most of the students are unhappy with their result,” she added.
Minutes of the PMET exam
The exam was conducted by Baba Farid Baba Farid University of Health Sciences, Faridkot on May 17.
For the three-hour examination, in which 15,000 candidates appeared, only one centre -- Lovely Professional University (LPU), Phagwara was set up. This resulted in chaos and harassment to students and nearly 300 candidates could not take the test due to traffic jams.
On June 19, two students had filed a petition in the Punjab and Haryana high court, saying that as many as 35 questions were wrong in the test. Later, many other students joined them.
The counseling was to commence from September 1, as per the Supreme Court order.
The case is on the last leg, with 2-3 hearings in the court every week.