Eamcet-II to be scrapped
The state government late on Friday decided to scrap Eamcet-II and hold a fresh one, a move that will force 56,000 students to reappear for the medical entrance test, after the CID established a paper leak.
A decision to this effect was taken after a four-hour marathon meeting chaired by chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao.
The Engineering, Agriculture and Medical Common Entrance Test (EamcetII) was conducted by Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University on July 9, and the results were declared on July 14. A fresh notification for Eamcet-III for admission to MBBS and and bachelor of dental surgery courses is expected to be issued on Monday .
However, the government, in a bid to provide `relief ‘ to students who will have to go through the grind for a third time, has decided to allow all those registered for Eamcet-II to appear for Eamcet-III without having to pay fresh registration fee. Students appearing for the exam yet again, can also travel by RTC buses free to and from the examination centres.
The meeting held at the chief minister’s residencecum-camp office here was attended among others by education minister Kadiam Srihari, health minister C Laxma Reddy , agriculture minister Pocharam Srinivas Reddy , chief secretary Rajiv Sharma, director general of police Anurag Sharma, IG in telligence Shivadhar Reddy , law secretary Santosh Reddy and the newly-appointed vice-chancellors of eight universities. The decision to scrap the examination was taken by the chief minister after discussing all available options, including going ahead with the admissions based on Eamcet-II results, possible legal complications arising out of such an action and conducting the entrance test afresh. Finally , the meeting looked into the decisions taken in other states when similar frauds occurred and how all states decided to scrap such tests. The meeting, it was said, also pored over previous judgements by the Supreme Court in cases related to leaked entrance test papers in which the court said scrapping such exams was the right course of action, followed by conduct of a fresh exam. The meeting also decided that those responsible for the paper leak and students who benefited would face action. Only exemplary punishment will deter crooks from committing such frauds in the future, the CM felt, according to a CMO source. It was also decided that parents of students who were part of the racket too needed to be punished for their complicity in the fraud.
To prevent recurrence of such leaks, the government will explore the possibility of holding all entrance exams in the state on the lines of GRE, GMAT and JEE that are conducted online.
eenadu news paper 30-05-2016 : http://epaper.eenadu.net