Sunday, March 3, 2013

RGUHS tighten security for KCET 2013 to be held on 3rd March 2013
Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences (RGUHS) has come up with tighter security measures this year for the postgraduate entrance test (PGET) for admission to PG medical and dental seats available under the government quota.

On Sunday, 10,977 medical and dental graduates will take the Post Graduate Entrance Test (PGET) 2013 conducted by the Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences (RGUHS).
This comes as the Supreme Court is set to hear the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test-Post Graduate (NEET) case.
Addressing a press conference on Friday, Registrar (Evaluation) Dr N S Ashok Kumar said that there was no clarity on whether candidates could use NEET or PGET scores.
“No information has been provided by the Medical Council of India over the seat selection and counselling process with regard to NEET. However, the results of PGET will have to be withheld until further orders from the Supreme Court,” he added. The case has been scheduled for hearing on Tuesday.
Dr D Prem Kumar, Registrar, RGUHS, said, “Of the total applications this year, 1,917 are dental candidates while 9,060 are medical candidates.
There are 886 in-service candidates, 3,863 women and 4,311 men candidates who will appear for the entrance test this year which will be held in 9 centers.”
Discussing security measures for the exam, Kumar said that stringent arrangements have been made to thwart malpractices.
“We will install CCTV cameras, mobile jammers and bio metric systems for screening of students. Video cameras will record the opening and closing of question papers at all centres.”
Trained observers, including police personnel and home guards, would be assigned to ensure no untoward incidents occur.

The university, which had installed CCTV cameras and introduced the biometric system to verify the identity of candidates, has added metal detectors this time to make vigilance more stringent. In addition, 100 Home Guards personnel will be deployed at examination centres.

Video surveillance
“Web streaming will be done with 13 computers, each monitored by one professor, which will stream the proceedings of the exam from the 13 centres. This will help in the supervising of squads at the exam centres as well,” explained registrar (evaluation) Ashok Kumar.
Registrar (administration) Prem Kumar ruled out any possibility of cases arising of impersonation or malpractice. The officials said the security measures were elaborate and no attempt to commit irregularities would go unnoticed.
If any such attempt came to the notice of the university, the student’s details will be immediately reported to the medical and dental councils of India, apart from lodging a complaint with police, the officials said.

Results after SC decision
The university officials said the examination results would be announced only after the Supreme Court’s verdict on the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test. 
With a few students having appealed before the Supreme Court against the test, the Court’s decision on NEET is pending. For now, however, Karnataka is going ahead with the State entrance tests for medical courses, whose results will be subject to the Court’s decision.
Allaying the fears of students, Ashok Kumar said, irrespective of whether the results, the valuation process will begin immediately after the examination.
“As soon as the exam is over, all the answer scripts will be scanned and the valuation done electronically. Since students will have a copy of their answer scripts, there is nothing to fear. The test score will be kept ready to announce it to students as and when the Court’s verdict is out,”Kumar explained.

Due to the elaborate security arrangements, students have been asked be present at their respective examination centres at least one hour before the schedule.

The examination centres include: Jain University, Bhagwan Mahaveer Jain College, Christ University (there will be two exam centres on the premises), SSMRV PU College (three centres), Oxford College, BMS College for Women, Dayanand Sagar College of Engineering, PES College of Pharmacy and the Kempegowda Institute of Medical Sciences.

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