A Punjab and Haryana high court division bench on Friday reserved its judgment on the first day of hearing on 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 admission to MBBS/BDS courses in state medical colleges.
The high court division bench of justice Surya Kant and justice Sudip Ahluwalia reserved the order after over hour-long hearing on Friday. The petitioners had argued against the declaration of merit on the basis of percentile system and also stated that around 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 within three days. The HC single-judge bench had also found that two more questions were wrong in the exam, and 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, percentile system was adopted violating the original notification. The court was also told that despite adverse observations of the court regarding transparency in the conduct of exam, original marks secured by the candidates were yet to be put in public domain.