Facing shortage of computers to hold Punjab Medical Entrance Test (PMET) in the state, Baba Farid University of Health Sciences had made arrangements in Jammu and Kashmir, Haryana and Himachal Pradesh to accommodate nearly 4,000 applicants.
BFUHS is the body, which is responsible for conducting the PMET-2016 for admissions in MMBS and BDS courses in Punjab state.
Ambala, Hisar and Kurukshetra in Haryana, Jammu and Samba in Jammu and Kashmir and Baddi in Himachal Pradesh have been chosen to hold PMET-2016.
But now applicants are worried to take the tests in these states, especially in Haryana after pro reservation outfits have again given a call for stir. The applicants are also uncomfortable regarding J&K, where in Samba district had witnessed a terrorist attack, last year.
A parent of a candidate in Bathinda, Jagjit Chawla said that the security of their children was their biggest worry. The situation of law and order in Haryana state is not certain because of the declaration of Jat agitation, he said.
Another parent, Ramesh Kumar said that the exam centres were not even in the city headquarters, in fact were in rural areas. He said, “We do not know about the accommodation facilities, the security arrangements at the exam centres. I do not want to take risk by sending my daughter to such a place. The government should shift the exam centres to Punjab state.”
State chief minister Parkash Singh Badal has stated on Saturday that he had asked the BFUHS to review its decision of holding entrance test in neighboring states.
Indian Medical Association district president Gajender Singh Shekhawat said, “It is shameful for BFUHS and even for state government if they do not have 16,000 computers to conduct the PMET. They are sending about 5,000 candidates to other states, why they are not taking help from other Punjab institutions?”
BFUHS vice chancellor Dr Raj Bahadur said that the university was not conducting the exam on its own, a private firm would conduct the examination and university would only give the question papers to the firm just before half an hour from the exam time. It is for the first time that the PMET is being conducted online, he said.
The VC added that the agency has about 13,000 computers with internet access and other requirements needed for the exams. He said, ‘‘I have received the call from chief minister, we are working on the matter and would serve in the interest of state and candidates.”
As many as 1,257 students from Bathinda and Mansa would take their entrance test at three exam centers in Hisar district; 1276 candidates from Mohali and Patiala would go to Kurukshetra’s four exam centres; 970 candidates from Mohali will go to three exam centers in Ambala; 1,000 candidates from Pathankot and Gurdaspur districts would go to Jammu while 250 candidates from Amritsar and Gurdaspur will appear for PMET in Samba and 150 from Mohali would go to Baddi (HP).