Candidates who appeared in the PhD entrance examination of Punjab Technical University (PTU) Saturday have alleged discrepancies in the examination process. Aspirants have also lodged a complaint with the Anti Corruption Society Jalandhar, which has been taking up several cases of irregularities of PTU in Punjab and Haryana High Court. A total of 363 aspirants had appeared for the exam.
The students claimed that were given 90 minutes to answer 90 questions. “Most of the questions were numerical types and one minute was not sufficient to solve each question ,” said a candidate adding that no extra paper was provided for rough work.
They also alleged that the exam was to get started at 10 am but question papers were distributed only after 10:10 am and were collected at 11:30 am and no extra time was given to them.
“When we were coming down after giving the exam we saw several others giving exams in a room downstairs in the PTU building. When we asked about those candidates, the PTU officials said that they were also PHD aspirants,” alleged another candidate. “Those candidates came out of the examination hall at around noon which means they were given half an hour more,” alleged the candidate.
The list of complaints didn’t end here. While one candidate alleged that they were not allowed to carry logarithm book inside the hall, another complained of rude behaviour by security staff and invigilators. They also alleged that objectionable language were hurled at them.
One candidate even went to say that a few PTU staff were allowed to move inside the examination room while their relatives were among the aspirants who sat for the exam.
PTU officials, however, could not be reached for comment despite repeated attempts.