The Supreme Court on Monday scrapped the All India Pre Medical Entrance Test (AIPMT) for the year 2015-16 following the leak of its question paper and circulation of their answer keys through electronic devices at different examination centres in 10 states across the country.
The apex court vacation bench headed by justice RK Agrawal while scrapping the examination directed the re-conduct of the same within four weeks.
Hindustan Times asked its readers in a web poll whether the duration of four weeks was enough to prepare for a fresh test. While around 38% of the 12,247 people who participated by 4am on Tuesday said there was enough time, a majority 57% disagreed. Around 5% did not express any opinion on the matter.
"We need at least three months or 10 weeks," a reader commented on the HT story detailing the court's verdict. "What is this?? Re-exam is not right...," another reader posted.
The court directed all the institutions to extend cooperation in the re-conduct of the examination for the admission of students in undergraduate medical courses.
The court's order came on a PIL and other petitions seeking the re-conduct of the examination in the wake of leak of the question paper, contending that it has compromised the integrity of the entrance test. "What happened to central govt's responsibility? Why judiciary had to cancel the exam? (sic)" the comment of an HT reader showed the frustration over the decision.
While directing the re-conduct of the entire test, the court rejected the CBSE contention not to scrap the test as it would affect 6.30 lakh students and also delay the admission process.