Candidates take AIIMS to court over online examinations

Hours after AIIMS declared the results of the entrance test to 15 of its 19 streams in post-doctoral courses on Wednesday, candidates went to court alleging serious irregularities in the online model of the examination.

About 150 students of AIIMS, who had appeared for the exams, started agitating before the results were declared. An official complaint was also filed with the Dean, stating that students carried mobile phones and there were no firewalls to prevent candidates from accessing the Internet.

"There were no invigilators at the Faridabad centre, which led to complete chaos. This was compounded by a server crash. At 10 am, one of the AIIMS staffers announced that the exam had been cancelled for all candidates due to technical issues. Two candidates left the exam hall after this announcement," said Dr Arvind Kumar, one of the petitioners.

Dr Debjyoti Karmakar, president of the Resident Doctors' Association at AIIMS, said: "We have filed a case jointly with two candidates at the Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT). Though both the candidates cleared the theory exams, they say the exam was a sham and would like to fight for a re-examination."

The candidates have also filed a police complaint in this regard, he added.

AIIMS officials, however, denied any irregularities in the examination. "We categorically deny any use of unfair means. We have reviewed the situation from all angles and if we had suspected any such misconduct, the results would not have been declared," said Dr Y K Gupta, spokesperson for AIIMS. He said the dates for re-examination for pediatric surgery, neurosurgery, cardiology and urology, where candidates could not complete their exam due to the server crash, would be announced in a day or two.

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