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Despite NEET confusion, PGET to be held tomorrow

Staff Reporter
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The results will be subject to the Supreme Court verdict

The Postgraduate Entrance Test (PGET) for admissions to medical and dental seats will be conducted here on Sunday (March 3) under a cloud of uncertainty. With the Supreme Court’s decision pending on the validity of the Postgraduate National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET-PG) conducted last year, students in the State will be attempting their second entrance test for the 2013-14 admissions.

Announcing the dates at a press conference here on Friday, Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences (RGUHS) Registrar (Evaluation) Ashok Kumar N.S. said the results of this test too would be subject to the court’s verdict. This leaves the 10,000-odd PG seat aspirants with no clarity on the counselling procedure or the academic calendar.

If the Supreme Court rules that the NEET-PG will be the only entrance test, the RGUHS is not promising a refund of the exam fees paid by the students for the PGET, Prof. Ashok Kumar said. There is a marginal increase in the number of registrations this year — from 10,683 to 10,977. It may be recalled here that the PGET counselling process of RGUHS was marred by delays and confusion last year too.

Security measures

Students writing the PGET this year will be doing so under strict security measures to curb malpractices. Apart from the installation of at least one CCTV per room, 13 video cameras and metal detectors at the entrances of all nine centres (one more than last year), the RGUHS is also installing 3-D jammers at colleges which are hosting more than one test centre.

Another new feature this year is that the admission tickets of the students, which are in printed form, will also have their photographs printed, not pasted, RGUHS Registrar D. Prem Kumar said. Similarly, invigilators will also have the list of candidates along with their photographs, all measures aimed at preventing impersonation. There will be one invigilator for every 16 students, and one room superintendent for every four rooms.

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