Stop this cheat­ing

FIX IT With AIPMT and Jamia Mil­lia Is­lamia’s en­gi­neer­ing and den­tal ex­ams hit­tingng the head­lines for al­leged pa­per leaks, stu­dents want test­ing sys­tems to be strength­enedned

Hindustan Times (Delhi) - HT Education - - Front Page - Gauri Kohli

The last few months have wit­nessed many cases of pa­per leaks – en­trance as well as univer­sity ex­ams. One of the ma­jor tests in the news re­cently was the All-In­dia Pre-Med­i­cal/Den­tal Test (AIPMT). Af­ter re­ports of cheat­ing soon af­ter the test was con­ducted in May, sev­eral stu­dents de­manded a retest as they felt this would ad­versely af­fect their chances of bag­ging a seat in a med­i­cal col­lege of their choice. Tak­ing all as­pects into ac­count, the Supreme Court di­rected the Cen­tral Board of Sec­ondary Ed­u­ca­tion to con­duct a retest on July 25, 2015.

Can­di­dates ap­pear­ing for AIPMT say such in­ci­dents de­mo­ti­vate those who are hard work­ing and tal­ented. “What will the law abid­ing stu­dents do when there’s so much of cor­rup­tion in the en­trance ex­ams like this? I am shocked at the sheer mis­man­age­ment of a pres­ti­gious all- In­dia l evel ex­am­i­na­tion (pre-med­i­cal test 2015-16) held on May 3, 2015, lead­ing to mass copy­ing and cor­rup­tion pol­lut­ing the en­tire process of the said tests. The na­tional media has am­ply re­ported the sor­did events and the po­lice author­i­ties have se­ri­ously taken cog­nizance of the cor­rupt and dis­hon­est prac­tices in­dulged in by law­less el­e­ments,” says Adeeba Ahmed, an AIPMT 2015 can­di­date who filed a pe­ti­tion in the Supreme Court on the mat­ter.

The retest con­ducted on July 25, 2015, was another chance for stu­dents. While some are re­lieved af­ter get­ting this sec­ond chance, oth­ers be­lieve the en­tire se­ries of events, which in­cluded ap­pear­ing for the en­trance test, then hear­ing of the pa­per leak and then a retest, put a lot of pres­sure on them. “Ap­pear­ing for the AIPMT twice in a span of three months was very tax­ing. I had a bet­ter chance in the first at­tempt and I am not sure if I would be able to score bet­ter in the re-test,” says an as­pi­rant.

In her pe­ti­tion, a copy of which is with HT Ed­u­ca­tion, Ahmed says that she is “ag­grieved by the de­vi­ous and un­scrupu­lous mech­a­nism adopted by cer­tain vested el­e­ments in indulging, on a large scale, in un­fair means vi­ti­at­ing the en­tire process of the said test to the detri­ment and harm of hon­est par­tic­i­pants. The test for en­try into the ba­sic med­i­cal ed­u­ca­tion in the coun­try is ex­tremely pres­ti­gious as a bench­mark and hence, it is rea­son­ably ex­pected that a great de­gree of fair­ness is en­sured by the con­cerned author­i­ties in main­tain­ing pro­bity and hon­esty in the process of such tests.”

Re­call­ing the chain of events, Ahmed says that it was re­ported that many of the ap­pli­cants were us­ing ear de­vices and spe­cially con­fig­ured phones etc. to cheat. “The examiners/in­vig­i­la­tors were mute wit­nesses to this sor­did drama in one of the most pres­ti­gious tests of the coun­try. On fin­ish­ing the tests, I was also in­formed by many of other stu­dents that a ru­mour was abuzz that the ex­am­i­na­tion was likely to be can­celled in view of re­ports of large-scale cheat­ing and un­fair method­ol­ogy adopted by vested and law­less el­e­ments. This shows that cor­rup­tion and dis­hon­esty in the ex­am­i­na­tion was ram­pant and wide. The en­tire process ro­cess of ex­am­i­na­tion has been vi­ti­ated with dis­hon­esty andd un­fair means. This even­tu­ally hap­pened and a re-test was con­ducted,” ducted,” adds Ahmed.

Par­ents of can­di­dates s are fu­ri­ous too. “A loud mes­sagege needs to go to these law­less el­e­ments who are pol­lut­ing the pro­bity­ro­bity of the ex­am­i­na­tion. The en­tire process of the ex­am­i­naina­tion has be­come vi­ti­ated ed as ev­ery sin­gle mark is s rel­e­vant for qual­i­fy­ing the said test,” says Firoz, Ahmed’s fa­ther.

In­ci­dents of pa­per r leaks were not just lim­ited ed to AIPMT this year. There ere were re­ports of leaks in tests at the School of Open en Learn­ing, Delhi Univer­sity, sity, Jamia Mil­lia Is­lamia’s s en­gi­neer­ing and den­tal ex­ams, Ra­jasthan Univer­sity, Ban­ga­lore an­ga­lore Univer­sity and Ut­tar Pradesh civil ser­vices exam.

“Fi­nal-year pa­pers in eco­nom­ics, English, and fi­nan­cial cial man­age­ment of BCom were e leaked on What­sApp, a web-based ed mo­bile mes­sag­ing ser­vice on three­hree days in June 2015. More im­por­tantly, or­tantly, the reg­u­lar col­leges of Delhi Univer­sity have Choice ce Based Credit Sys­tem (CBCS) ) im­ple­mented and such cases of pa­per leak will col­lec­tively re­sult in over­all de­val­u­a­tion of SOL stu­dents’ hard-earned de­gree. gree. DU


In­ci­dents of pa­per leak and cheat­ing de­mo­ti­vate hon­est and hard work­ing stu­dents. To have dis­hon­est peo­ple in the med­i­cal sys­tem is also a mat­ter of grave con­cern.

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