January 13, 2019 | By Sikh Siyasat Bureau
AMRITSAR: In an embarrassment for Guru Nanak Dev University, Punjab and Haryana high court has cancelled the MPhil (religious studies) entrance examination conducted in August last year by the university for academic session 2018-19 terming it as unfair and flawed.
The court has ordered to re-conduct the examination. It has also asked the university to keep Amarjit Singh, officiating head of department of Guru Nanak Studies and director of Centre for studies in Sri Guru Granth Sahib, away from the re-conducting of the test as the previous test was conducted under his supervision.
The court has issued the order deciding over the civil writ petition (CWP) lodged to the court, aspirant for the MPhil (religious studies) Avneet Kaur who had alleged that few students were given extra time while attempting the paper.
Kaur had also alleged that the question papers were not uniform and few set of papers were different. She sought cancellation of the test citing “irregularities in the entrance test to give seats to favourite students”.
Gurpuneet Singh Randhawa and Suneetpal Singh Aulakh, legal counsel for the petitioners, have confirmed the order.
As per the court order dated January 9, the university authorities have admitted that there was an error in the question paper regarding the allocation of time.
“After hearing learned counsel for the parties, we are of the opinion that there are indeed grave flaws in the examination process. Every examination process to our minds should be fair to the participants and if glaring mistakes as pointed out by the petitioner and accepted by the respondents to be correct are permitted to stand, it gives rise to a perception of the examination being unfair, even if no malice is attributed,” reads the order.
Moreover, the court also makes it clear that Amarjit Singh, paper setter will not associate himself with the examination process. While initiating the examination process, the university has also been asked to send examination notices individually to all the examinees, apart from displaying the notice on official website.
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