Aurangabad: Candidates, who have enrolled for the PhD Entrance Test (PET) of Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar Marathwada University (Bamu) will not give the exam for the second paper from their home or any other private places, unlike for the first paper.
Following serious allegations of dummy candidates appearing for the test and reports of mass copying during paper-one, Bamu has decided to hold the upcoming examination scheduled on February 21 at its designated centres only.
Notably, TOI had highlighted how questions were raised over the credibility of the test for paper-one of PET, for which over 10,000 candidates had enrolled.
Sanjay Shinde, the public relations officer of Bamu, said the list of examination centres for the second paper of PET will be declared shortly. “Acting on the orders from the vice-chancellor Pramod Yeole of the university, the examination for the second paper of PET will be held online but only in designated centres. The preparations are on to offer the necessary IT infrastructure and internet connectivity at every centre,” he said.
Student activist Tukaram Saraf said a proper mechanism to verify the credentials of students was missing during the exam for the first paper.
“It is a welcome move by Bamu to conduct PET at identified centres. The measure will ensure proper talent is enrolled for research work, which is one of the areas of development for the university,” he said.
As the Bamu is conducting the PET after four years, it has received numerous applications.
The test results will be declared on February 24.