The Madhya Pradesh high court on Thursday directed the Association of Private Dental and Medical Colleges (APDMC) to scan the OMR answer-sheets of DMAT candidates at the examination centres soon after it is held on Sunday.
Issuing an interim direction on a bunch of petitions, the high court asked the association to scan the answer-sheets at least in the nine examination centres falling in Madhya Pradesh to check any possibility of tampering or use of unfair means to favour the candidates.
During the hearing the court had asked the APDMC counsel if such facility could be provided at all the centres across the country, but he cited “paucity of time”.
The counsel for the APDMC argued that “due to paucity of time it may not be possible for the agency to arrange for scanners at all examination centres across the country”.
DMAT-2015 is scheduled to be held on July 12 at various examination centres across the country, including nine centres in MP. It is conducted by the APDMC for admission to medical and dental courses in private colleges of MP. There have been allegations of massive irregularities in admissions to these courses.
The high court on Thursday also directed the principal secretary, home department or medical education department, secretary of the Admission and Fees Regulatory Committee (AFRC), and the president of APDMC to keep with them one set each of the scanned data of OMR answer-sheets of the nine DMAT examination centres.
“Before declaring the results of the examination, the appropriate authorities (officials) must verify the position on case-to-case basis with reference to the data contained in the soft copy secured on the day of examination,” the court said.
The petitioner’s counsel submitted that as a precautionary measure to obviate the possibility of attempt to tamper with the answer-sheets, a process be followed to capture the information/image of the OMR sheets of the candidates immediately after the examination is over.
The court was hearing a bunch of petitions, including that of ex-MLA Paras Saklecha, demanding various reliefs with regard to DMAT admission process.