Women constables of the Punjab police will frisk female candidates during the entrance examination of the Post-Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), scheduled to be held here on Saturday.
The institute had conducted the exam for MD/MS admissions on November 10. During the examination, the CBI had arrested several persons who were using hi-tech devices to leak the question paper. Most of them were girls from Andhra Pradesh. Subsequently, the institute had cancelled the exam, in which around 7,200 candidates from across the country had appeared.
According to PGI officials, the institute has hired 30 constables from the Punjab Armed Police to frisk female candidates before they enter the examination hall.
The institute, which doesn't have regular female security staff, had initially approached the Chandigarh police. The latter would provide 140 constables, including 40 female personnel, but not for frisking. They would be deployed outside the exam centres.
Sources said that the 30 Punjab police constables would be paid honorarium equal to that of invigilators on examination duty.
All male candidates will be frisked by the PGI's own security staff, which has been provided special training to detect unscrupulous examinees. The examination will take place at 10 centres in the city. The security arrangements include scanning through bug detectors, mobile jammers, photography and biometric fingerprint recording.
Earlier on Friday, PGI dean Dr Amod Gupta directed institute employees, including doctors, on examination duty not to bring cell phones or other gadgets inside the centres.
Instructions for candidates
* Entry to the examination hall permitted from 8 to 9:30am
* Don't bring mobile phones/pagers/pens/wrist watches/rings/wallets/ladies purse/ornaments (earrings, nose pin, bangles, rings etc) or any electronic device to the hall
* Photography and biometric fingerprint recording to be done during the examination
*No outside stationery allowed. Candidates will be provided with a ballpoint pen by the institute