IP University ‘moderates’ marks to fill seats,taken to court

Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University has been taken to court for “moderating” marks obtained by candidates of its post-graduate common medical entrance examination in March this year.

Written by Abantika Ghosh | New Delhi | Published: July 5, 2012 1:15:32 am

Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University has been taken to court for “moderating” marks obtained by candidates of its post-graduate common medical entrance examination in March this year.

It was alleged that the university tweaked Medical Council of India rules to allow 24 students into its post-graduate courses.

The test was held for IP University,Vardhman Mahavir Medical College and Post-Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research,RML Hospital.

University Vice-Chancellor D K Bandopadhyay said the moderation was done in accordance with its cut-off policy declared in February.

“We have to strike a balance between minimum wastage of seats and merit. The university sets the question papers and it has the prerogative to drop questions if maximum number of students could not answer them,” he said.

“Whatever was done was in the interest of students. We have 120 seats,against which normally 100 students apply. This year,there were nearly 122 applicants. The MCI guidelines become redundant because the moderation was done to bridge the demand-supply gap,” Bandopadhyay said.

MCI rules state that a general category candidate must score at least 50 per cent marks,while it’s 40 per cent for the reserved category and 45 per cent for physically handicapped students.

For 1,200-mark question paper,the MCI has set 600 as qualifying marks in general category and 480 in reserved.

The original marksheet (prior to moderation),which the university submitted before the Delhi High Court,states that 12 general candidates with less than 600 marks (lowest actual score 506) and 12 in the reserved category,who had scored less than 480 (lowest score 385),were declared successful in the final list after “moderation”.

The university said it followed the admission policy,which its Controller of Examinations Pravin Chandra notified on February 25. The policy says if the number of qualified candidates is less than at least five times the seat intake in the previous year,then the result may be modified.

“All questions,which are not correctly attempted by any candidate,will be deleted for the purpose of evaluation and marks of all such questions will be given to all candidates who attempted at least one question,” it says.

“If the number of qualified candidates is still less than five times the seat intake in the previous year,the questions which are correctly attempted by minimum number of candidates will also be deleted for the purpose of evaluation and marks of all such questions will be given to all candidates,” the policy says.

It does not mention the MCI guidelines for qualifying marks. MCI Chairman Dr K K Talwar said: “Rules do not permit such admission.”

“This is gross violation of the very spirit of entrance examinations. It has been brought to our notice and we will act if we receive a formal complaint,” MCI Secretary Dr Sanjay Shrivastava said.

The High Court had asked the university to submit the lists of original marks as well as the moderated ones.

The university,during Tuesday’s hearing,was granted time till August 8 to file its rejoinder.

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