The Supreme Court will on Monday give its order on petitions seeking the cancellation of the All India Pre-Medical Entrance Test (AIPMT) 2015 held in May.
Hindustan Times’ report on a further delay in declaring the results on June 12, and the possibility of the test being cancelled evoked responses from a large number of students and those affected by the developments. Several readers even came up with ways to resolve the crisis.
The petitions in the Supreme Court were filed by candidates who claimed that mass cheating during the examination had vitiated the process. The court reserved its verdict on Friday and fixed June 15 for giving its verdict. A vacation bench also extended its order staying the declaration of the results that were to be originally announced on June 5.
The court came down heavily on the Central Board for Secondary Education (CBSE) as it opposed the cancellation of the AIPMT, contending there was no guarantee that mass cheating will not be repeated. The court said CBSE should have taken precautions to stop large-scale copying.
In response to the developments, HT reader Manoj said: "The delay is disappointing and it is not sure that all the culprits will be nabbed soon. The affected candidates in this case will be those who qualify but secure lower ranks due to the use of unfair means in the examination and hence they will be deprived of a seat. A retest for all the candidates is not justified and it will time consuming too. Hence the solution could be to declare the results immediately and conduct an online retest for those who have secured above the cut off marks. The online test could prevent use of unfair means and enable quicker result compilation and declaration."
Another HT reader Kesavadas backed the CBSE and said, "It is true that conducting re-examination for more than 6 lakh students will be a difficult task. CBSE is right in expressing its difficulty. The following could be a solution. Identify a cut off for each category as is done every year. Allow all students above this cut off to write the re-examination. Call it AIPMT (Advanced) & conduct the examination online.
“The number of candidates taking this examination will not be more than 25,000. The examination can be conducted in July & CBSE can announce the results within a week (because it is online). Give 50% weighting for AIPMT (Main - the exam that is over) & 50% for AIPMT (Advanced). All those who have used unfair means will be out and the best candidates will be selected provided there is no use of unfair means the second time."
Another reader, Panama, wanted a ban on the results in states where the test paper was leaked and its publication for other states. "You know in elections if there is any booth capturing like irregularities the elections are not cancelled as a whole, only captured booth face re-election, the same thing is needed here," said Panama.
Ravi, who goes by his first name, favoured a complete retest. "Paper has been leaked on a very large scale on the electronic media. Beneficiaries could be 700, 7000 or any other number. People are saying that police can trace the beneficiaries but it is not that easy. Even if it is possible, it will take a very long time. Re-test is the best solution as genuine candidates will be selected and there should not be any doubt in the general public."
Devender Singh suggested: "CBSE should declare the results of AIPMT 2015. This may be taken as screening test and all those who qualify may be subjected to another computer based online test (CBT). In such a situation results can be easily declared in time. Number of students will also be less and it will be easy to manage and monitor.” Singh contended this could be done in 30 to 40 days.
Apart from responses from readers, an AIPMT aspirant who took the exam this year told HT: "It will make sense if the exam is scrapped, because what will be the quality of our doctors if they get through medical colleges by using unfair means?
"It may be inconvenient for us if the exam is cancelled, but in the long run, it will be for the benefit of the country as we can't compromise on the quality of our doctors," the student added.
A senior member of the faculty at Vardhman Mahavir Medical College in Delhi said: "A delay of 15 to 20 days is not going to make that much of a difference, but if it takes more than that to decide on the issue, then we will have to plan accordingly."
A faculty member from the University College of Medical Sciences in Delhi added, "The candidates will be spared the hassle of sitting for a re-exam if it is not cancelled, which also means that a lot of precious time will be saved."
An online poll conducted by HT posed this question to AIPMT aspirants: Is delay in declaration of AIPMT results hurting your chances?
A total of 2,203 responses were received by the evening of June 14 and 66.36% students said the delay in declaring results was hurting their chances, while 28.69% said it was not affecting them. The rest of the respondents did not have any opinion.