The links of the scam regarding cases of cheating in the All India Pre-Medical and Pre-Dental Entrance Test have been found in Nagpur, Nashik and Gondia. Recently, the country’s apex court scrapped the All India Pre-Medical and Pre-Dental Entrance Test following the cases of cheating.
An estimated six lakh students had appeared for the examination at 1,050 centres. After it was confirmed that a section of students had smuggled electronic devices into exam centres across the country to get answers, the Supreme Court (SC) cancelled the entrance test and asked the CBSE to hold a fresh examination within four weeks. The SC has taken serious note of a confidential report submitted by the Rohtak superintendent of police in its verdict.
Media reports state that the police on June 7 arrested a Nagpur-based student, who runs a consultancy firm. He admitted that he had solved the question paper with the help of another student, Abid Ali, and later made it available to Gondia-based Nand kishore Gedam. Ali is a student of a Nashik-based private medical college. Following a tip-off, the investigating agency booked 44 students at different centres for using the electronic devices. It was found that the solved paper was transmitted to 358 cellphones. Shockingly, it was observed that by using the same modus operandi, a section of students had fraudulently secured admission in a few medical colleges in Uttar Pradesh last year.
It may be mentioned that over 630,000 students will have to take the All-India Pre-Medical Test afresh in four weeks after the test was scrapped. Experts fear protracted admission delays after the CBSE indicated the time-frame was not enough.
The bench said that although the re-conduct of the examination would consume time and cause inconvenience but to maintain the “impeccable and irrefutable” credibility of examination “this is the price, the stakeholders would have to suffer”.