Baba Farid University of Health Sciences, Faridkot, has warned students sitting for the pre-medical entrance test not to “share” the question paper with friends or on social media after taking the exam.
It has threatened students that doing so will have them penalised heavily or their candidature will be cancelled “at the bare threshold”.
Vice-chancellor Dr Raj Bahadur said the order was meant to target “unscrupulous publishers” who “fool” students by reproducing the previous questions papers in the form of a book before the PMET every year.
“Last year, a book on PMET question papers was sold in the market just before the entrance exam, and I saw students cramming it up as if the paper would have come from that set of questions only,” Bahadur said. “The instructions were issued just to save students from such traps.”
But the order has angered students who said it was unacceptable and only meant to harass them.
“Now, will I be penalised for sharing the question paper with my classmates, or my teacher, or my parents? That is terrible,” a student sitting for exam on May 15 asked.
The PMET is being conducted online this year. The university, which uploaded the prospectus for the test on its website on Tuesday, said it will upload the question paper and also the answer key a day after the exam, as had been directed by the high court.
But a “non-disclosure agreement” said: “… (the university) explicitly prohibits the candidate from publishing, reproducing or transmitting any or some contents of this test, in whole or in part, in any form or by any means verbal or written, electronic or mechanical or for any purpose.”
It further added: “No content of this examination must be shared with friends, acquaintances or third parties including sharing through online means or via social media, not limiting to SMS but to Whatsapp, Facebook, Twitter, Hangouts, blogs, etc, using either one’s own account or proxy account(s).”
Chandigarh-based PMET trainer Arvind Goyal said he found no problem with preventing private publishers from reproducing the question papers.
But he said penalising students for sharing the papers online and making it an offence was “something unheard of” that needed to be rolled back.
University official Satpal Singh the non-disclosure agreement would be taken up for amendment after a discussion with the vice-chancellor on Wednesday.
Confusion over last date of correction in registration form
Students are confused after the prospectus has two sets of dates for correction in the online registration form. The instructions state that candidates wishing to correct their forms need to physically request the university before May 13, but it also mentions that no request for changes in the online form will be entertained after April 30, the last date of submission of the forms. Varsity officials said the confusion will be cleared soon.
Know your dates
PMET: May 15
Last date of online registration: April 30 (with late fee, May 3)
Late date of submitting application fee: May 4
Downloading admit card: May 6 onwards (time and venue of exam will be printed on them)
Uploading of question paper and answer keys: May 16-17
Inviting objections: May 18
Declaration of result: May 21