Successful students not in favour of fresh BMC entry test

Demand merit list be issued based on already conducted test

Mohammad Zafar February 12, 2018
Students protesting during downpour outside the Quetta Press Club. PHOTO: PPI

QUETTA: Just a day after Balochistan Chief Minister Abdul Quddus Bizenjo hinted at holding a fresh entry test of medical colleges, a group of 25 successful students said that there is no need for a fresh test as the one already conducted was as fair as it could be.

“The procedure of the test was free as well as fair and the merit list should be based on the same test results,” said the students during a press conference held at the local press club on Sunday.

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“A fresh entry test will serve as injustice to the 400 students who were successful in the first attempt,” they added.

They warned that the administration of Bolan Medical College (BMC) must post the merit list soon otherwise students and their families would stage a sit-in outside the college as well.

"The students who could not succeed in the entry test are now demanding another attempt,” said a student M Shahid, resident of Killa Saifullah. “All of those who are staging a sit-in belong to a specific academia and have hidden motives."

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They said that they were aware that the students, who failed to clear the entry test, had filed a petition in the Balochistan High Court (BHC).

They claimed that the CCTV footage of the hall was leaked to jeopardise the reputation of the Higher Education Commission (HEC) and the BMC.

On Saturday, CM Bizenjo had pledged full justice for the medical students protesting since February 6 against the mismanagement in the entry test of BMC outside the Quetta Press Club.

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Bizenjo had formed an inquiry committee to look into the allegations of the students. The committee had submitted its report to the CM on Saturday.

Bizenjo had said that the test was conducted under the supervision of HEC which is a professional institution, adding that the BHC ordered the HEC to monitor the entry test.

He had said that they were not pointing fingers at HEC’s credibility, but the staff had shown some negligence and mismanagement that endangered the future of thousands of students coming from remote areas of Balochistan.

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Bizenjo had also said that the report revealed that during the test some students were caught using their cell phones which were seized by the administration.

He had claimed that there were up to 7,000 to 8,000 students which were hard to monitor.

“The only option left is to conduct an entry test afresh, but we will take the final decision after consensus with all stakeholders, including chief secretary and HEC representatives,” said the chief minister.


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