The Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) on Wednesday clarified that stringent measures for the entrance examination were taken in view of the past incidents where some candidates were found using hi-tech devices for cheating.
An official spokesperson, in a statement, said that in view of the earlier incident in November 2012 and the subsequent CBI investigation into it, the institute had taken stringent measures to prevent recurrence of such incidents.
On Sunday, at two centres in Chandigarh where an entrance test was being conducted for paramedical courses of the institute, there were reports of some Sikh students wearing kirpans and kadas facing problems in getting entry into the examination halls.
At one centre, the PGI had to give an additional time of 45 minutes to some students as the parents and local religious leaders protested against the move.
"These measures were taken to ensure the integrity and fairness of the entrance examinations and were never intended to hurt the religious sentiments of anyone. If the sentiments of anyone have been hurt, it is clarified that there was no such intention, and it is regretted," the PGI said.
The institute said it installed jammers and metal detectors besides undertaking manual frisking as part of security measures. All candidates appearing for entrance tests of all medical and paramedical courses were strictly advised beforehand not to bring mobile phones, pagers, pens, wrist watches, rings, wallets, purses, ornaments (earrings, nose pins, bangles, rings, etc) inside the examination hall, the spokesperson added.
These instructions, the PGI said, were widely circulated and were part of the admit card and were also available on the institute website and were also covered at large by the print and electronic media.