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PMET-2016: University took nod for each step, Punjab govt tells HC

The Punjab government has told the Punjab and Haryana high court that Baba Farid University of Health Sciences (BFUHS), Faridkot, had consulted and taken nod at each step in making changes in the holding of the state’s Pre-Medical Entrance Test (PMET) for 2016.

punjab Updated: Aug 16, 2016 23:32 IST
HT Correspondent

The Punjab government has told the Punjab and Haryana high court that Baba Farid University of Health Sciences (BFUHS), Faridkot, had consulted and taken nod at each step in making changes in the holding of the state’s Pre-Medical Entrance Test (PMET) for 2016.

The reply came on a petition filed by Ravneet Kaur and others who have sought quashing of the test stating that the result was declared on the basis of percentile system “in contravention” of provisions. They have also sought re-conduct of the June 10 test.

Director, medical education and research, Punjab, Manjit Kaur Mohi, filed an affidavit in this regard on a query raised by the high court on last date of hearing wherein the state was asked to file a specific affidavit giving details of events and whether the government was part of decision-making process of holding the exam in two shifts and conducting it only within the state.

The court was told that after the vice-chancellor, BFUHS, told the government that there were 15,000 candidates and it would be difficult to find sufficient computer centres in Punjab, it was decided that the test would be held in some centres in the adjoining states as well. However, due to fear of the Jat reservation agitation in June, the V-C was asked by the government to keep centres in Punjab only. The university had consulted the government in holding the exam in two shifts instead of one as it was difficult to get so many computers for the online exam.

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It has been further told that after the exam was held in two shifts, it was inevitable that, to normalise the difficulty level, it was mandatory to prepare the result on percentile basis. This decision of the BFUHS too was approved by the state’s secretary, medical education.