A Punjab and Haryana high court division bench on Tuesday dismissed petitions challenging the single-judge order on Punjab Pre-Medical Entrance Test (PMET-2016) conducted by Baba Farid University of Health Sciences (BFUHS), Faridkot, for admissions to MBBS/BDS courses in state medical colleges.
The high court division bench of justice Surya Kant and justice Sudip Ahluwalia had reserved the order on Friday on the first day of hearing. The detailed judgement is awaited.
The petitioners had argued against the declaration of merit on the basis of percentile system and also stated that 110 questions were wrong. Hence, it was argued that the single-judge order, which upheld the percentile system, be set aside.
On September 9, a single-judge bench had upheld the decision of the BFUHS to prepare a merit list for the PMET on the basis of the percentile system and had ordered recasting of the merit list as it found that two more questions were wrong but four questions that were earlier declared invalid were actually correct. Total questions declared invalid now stands at 12.
In the appeal against the single-judge order, the court was told that even as it was initially notified that merit will be prepared on the basis of actual marks secured, the percentile system was adopted violating the original notification. The petitioners had also alleged lack of transparency in conduct of the exam.
The counselling for around 700 of the state MBBS seats in seven medical colleges and approximately 600 BDS seats in 14 dental colleges, both in the government and private sectors, started on September 16. As many as 14,689 students had appeared for the test on June 10.