All India NR Congress MLA Ashok Anand alleged Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research (JIPMER) of law breach in the conduct of the recent MBBS entrance test. He further demanded that the Institution should halt the conduct of ongoing admission procedure and should conduct a fresh test for MBBS entrance.
In a press conference, Anand announced that he would file a petition in the Madras High Court demanding a stay on the admission process till the Institution comes up with clarification over the examination process.
He further added that he would meet Lt. Governor Kiran Bedi seeking her intervention.
Anand further alleged the Institute of accepting a bribe of up to Rs. 1 to 2 crores and offering admissions to relatively undeserving candidates.
He demanded that a thorough investigation should be conducted to resolve the matter and sought clarification from the Institution.
He further demanded that the admission process must be halted till the enquiry.
The entrance exam for admission to MBBS courses at Puducherry and Karaikal Campus had been conducted by JIPMER on June 5 and the results were officially announced on June 15.
For the first time, the test had been conducted in two shifts on the same day. Earlier, JIPMER used to conduct the test in one shift only.
JIPMER decided to organize the test in two shifts owing to a record 1,55,193 applications it had received.
Anand Kumar alleged that the two papers were of quite varying difficulty level while the Institute refuted such charges.
Responding to the allegations, JIPMER Dean (Academic) Dr. Mahadevan Subramanian told media that the concept of conducting the exam over two shifts is not new. He said that the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) also conducts the entrance examination in two shifts.
He further said that the vendor who had been assigned the task of conducting online computer-based examination expressed his inability to conduct the examination in one shift if the number of applicants exceeded more than 1.5 lakh. Hence, the Institution had taken the decision to conduct the examination over two shifts.
Mahadevan further added that the Institution had decided to conduct the examination over two shifts across 270 centres owing to the large number of applications it had received.
Mahadevan added that there was no difference in the difficulty level of the question papers.
Mahadevan added that the merit list had been prepared through normalization procedure based on the percentile score. He said that out of the total 30 Puducherry candidates of the Unreserved category who have secured a position in the merit list, 16 had appeared in morning shift while 14 took the exam in the afternoon shift.
As per JIPMER’s official notification, the document verification is scheduled on June 20 to 23 while the provisional admission order will be issued on June 29, 2016. The academic session at JIPMER is scheduled to commence from July 1, 2016.