Chattisgarh: A petition has been filed in the state high court, questioning the declaration of pre-PG medical/Dental 2016 exam results in 4 hours after the examination. There was no time to publish the question papers and model answer keys, as is mandatory before the examination, the petition alleged. The results were declared on the same day of the competition exam held on April 10.
The petition implies that the examination authorities have declared the results in a hurry, without following the normal procedure. It further highlighted the fact that public information needs to be disclosed in a proper manner to ensure transparency for medical/dental admissions. However, in this case the final merit list was declared on April 10-the same day. CGPGMEE 2016 was held. Also, the schedule for counselling and admission was issued on the following day. April 22 was the day when the first set of counselling and admission was completed, following which second round began on May 10.
Petitioner Dr Devesh Pradhan, through his counsel Akhilesh Singh, making their observation on the case further implied that candidates appearing for competitive exams hold rights to assess their performance. At the same time it is the duty of the examination authorities to help the students by providing them with answer sheets. There should be no reason on part of the authorities as public constituted bodies to moot the issue of supplying information for the assessment of the students. This arrangement has been made to ensure no corrupt practices, and to follow a transparent procedure.
A notice has been issued by the court to respondent AYUSH and Health Sciences University, Director Medical education, asking for submitted of their response.
TOI reported on key points from the Petition
- The process of publishing before declaring the results is served with a broader purpose in the preliminary or objective styled competitive exams conducted by public service commissions, both at the state and union level
- Chhattisgarh Judicial Service preliminary examination standards also warrant the same procedure to be followed in the state
- Guidelines for PG medical examinations has been set by the Supreme Court for every state government
- However, this case appears to be a clear violation of the mandatory procedure, it alleged
- The examination was also conducted on April 10. It should have been scheduled in last week of January, as per the apex court guidelines
- An RTI has also been reportedly filed by one of the candidates who appeared for the exam earlier. The student sought information on question papers and model answer keys from the public information officer of the AYUSH & Health science university in relation to CG Pre PG Medical Exams 2015
- The applicant was denied information, and appeals before the State Information Commission are pending till date