Genuine rankers seem to be getting harsher punishment than the accused in the PG Medical Entrance Test (PGMET) scam unearthed by the police and subsequently cancelled.

Rankers of the exam who have no role in the scam, question the cancellation of the exam and the fresh test arguing that why should they be punished for the fault of a few people, who have anyway been arrested by the police. “Instead of fresh exam the NTR Health University should call all the other rankers for counselling and allots seats,” says M. Balasundaram, father of an aspirant terming the re-exam as ‘inhuman’ and against the principles of natural justice.

Students argue that neither the exam paper was leaked openly nor there were reports of mass copying indicating that all aspirants were not involved. It is the handiwork of a few students, who have been already identified and arrested by the police. In such a scenario meting out the same treatment to the accused and the culprits is inhuman.

Mr. Balasundaram says that some of the genuine rankers obtained the scores after two to eight attempts and asking them to take the test again is ridiculous. Moreover, PGMET is not a qualifying exam but a competitive exam and students may not get the same ranks again. “Since even a single mark makes a difference all the effort put in by the aspirants may go waste. The government should immediately cancel the fresh examination,” he says.

The NTRUHS guidelines for PGMET clearly indicate that those involved in malpractice would be disqualified from writing the test for three years. But the university, instead of punishing the few students involved, is punishing all the 8,105 students who wrote the exam, argue other parents.