Admissions for PMET 2015 on hold, high court issues notices
Punjab and Haryana high court on Thursday has sort response from Punjab government and Baba Farid University of Health Sciences till September 17 in connection with appeal filed in the court challenging single judge order on Punjab Pre Medical Entrance Test (PMET2015).Updated: Sep 16, 2015 18:13 IST
The Punjab and Haryana high court on Thursday put on hold the MBBS and BDS course admissions that were made through the Punjab Pre-Medical Entrance Test (PMET), 2015.
The order comes on an appeal against the verdict of a single-judge bench. The Punjab government and Baba Farid University of Health Sciences (BFUHS), Faridkot, are required to respond by September 17. The university, though free to hold counselling for the seats, cannot finalise the admission by the deposit of fee, the high court bench of justice SS Saron and justice Shekher Dhawan has said in its order issued in Chandigarh.
The petitioners' counsels, senior advocate Gruminder Singh and IPS Kohli, had submitted that in the answer key to the May 17 examination, 26 of the 50 physics questions were incorrect and similar was the case with the chemistry and botany tests. "This has caused grave prejudice to the rights of the appellants; and it is not one or two questions that are wrong but more than 40 out of 200 in four papers," the counsels argued.
The students who took the examinations have sought quashing of the single-judge order that set aside their re-examination demand. They also want directions to the medical university to either conduct a fresh test or let an independent expert agency assess the disputed questions.
On September 1, the high court single-judge bench of justice RK Jain had disposed of a bunch of petitions challenging the May 17 examination, ruling out a retest and directing the respondent university to revise the merit list after giving 12 marks to all 15,000 students and additional four marks in two other categories of candidates.
In the hearing before the single-judge bench, the university had accepted that there were errors and discrepancies in four questions but denied that so was the case with another 36 questions. Satisfied with the argument, the single-judge bench had declined the re-test demand. Following that order, the process for filling 920 MBBS (Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery) and 1,070 BDS (Bachelor of Dental Science) seats across Punjab was underway.
The examination was marred initially by a controversy over alleged mismanagement by the university, as it was conducted at only one centre in the entire state, forcing traffic jams that delayed start and caused many candidates to miss the test. In May-end, the students moved the high court.