The central board of secondary education (CBSE) will be installing jammers to curb the usage of communication devices at examination centres as part of its efforts to ensure no cheating or leakage of answers takes place during the All India Pre-medical/ Pre-dental Entrance Test (AIPMT) on Saturday. They have also enforced a dress code to ensure that no unfair practices take place.
In retaliation to the enforced dress code in which the CBSE had asked students appearing for the AIPMT re-test on July 25 to come in light clothes without big buttons and in open slippers only as rings, bracelets, earring nosepins, head scarves etc had been banned; the Muslim minority objected claiming that barring head scarves would affect several Muslim female students who wear a hijab.
CBSE stated there will be “no bar” on wearing customary dress.
In view of this opposition from some minority groups the CBSE on Wednesday permitted some flexibility in the dress code stating that there will be “no bar” on wearing the customary dress and for those candidates who are appearing in centres in extreme climatic conditions but they will have to report at least half an hour prior to the appointed time for frisking purposes.
Reports claim that the barred items also include wallets, mobiles, Bluetooth etc and the candidates have been informed to carry only the admit card and photograph while appearing for the AIPMT 2015 exam. There will be elaborate frisking of the candidates to check for Bluetooth and other communication devices.
CBSE officials said they were exploring electronic gadgets used for unfair means. “We are not taking any chances. The gadgets shown to us have shocked us. There are such tiny communication devices which cannot be easily detected,” said CBSE officiating chairman Satbir Bedi.
“There are microphones which can be concealed very easily. And these devices are easily available for purchase on the online shopping portals like Flipkart and Amazon.”
The CBSE, which has spent Rs 38 crore for the retest, has issued admit cards to around 6.3 lakh candidates with a list of dos and don’ts.
The candidates have been asked to report in advance due to frisking and 46 students have been debarred from appearing in the AIPMT retest due to indulgence in unfair practices in the May 3 test.
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