SHC declines request to postpone MDCAT 2023 test

A request to postpone the National Medical and Dental College Admission Test (MDCAT) 2023 due to claims of “paper leaks” was denied by the Sindh High Court (SHC) on Tuesday.

Following the question paper leak on social media, the National Medical and Dental College Admission Test (MDCAT) retest sparked controversy. Students came to the Sindh High Court to investigate the problem when it arose.

In their appeal, the student claimed that this is the second time the MDCAT paper has been leaked and that no one has been prosecuted for the theft.

At the beginning of the hearing, the Sindh advocate general informed the CJ-led SHC bench that it was not the paper that had been released online, but rather a guess paper.

According to the petitioners’ attorney, they demand admission to the province’s medical and dental universities based alone on merit because the information was leaked.

The SHC CJ added, “Don’t you want students to be enrolled in the colleges?” and inquired as to where the material had been leaked.

MDCAT 2023 paper was indeed leaked

Following hearing arguments from both sides, the judge denied the plea and stated that a more thorough decision will be made at a later time.

The MDCAT 2023 paper was indeed leaked, as determined by an investigating committee that Saad Khalid, the minister of health, had already affirmed.

The clergyman stated that he suggested transferring oversight of the investigation to the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA).

A number of medical students had contested the MDCAT 2023–24 results, claiming that the test paper had been leaked once more and sold for Rs1.1 million the previous evening when the DUHS retook the exam on November 19.

They said that because the exam’s integrity had been jeopardized, the question paper was the same as that of the previous MDCAT, which was conducted on September 10. As a result, the test had become contentious once more.

They claimed that while the public’s trust in the examination system has been severely damaged by the widespread use of unfair methods in the MDCAT, the cheating racket would be strengthened by the examinations’ piecemeal cancellation.

The petitioners’ attorneys, Nabeel Ahmed Khan and Jehangir, contended that a considerable proportion of pupils had achieved 200 out of 200 marks for the first time, indicating that the test was tainted, based on the unofficial results doing the rounds on social media. They said that this occurrence alone raised severe questions about the test’s fairness and integrity because it strongly suggested that those pupils might have acquired the exam material the day before.

They filed grave complaints against the MDCAT and the DUHS, and they asked the court to stop the respondents from completing the admissions process and finalizing the list of qualified applicants for the class of 2023–2024 until the inconsistencies in the MDCAT paper were sufficiently resolved.The DUHS refuted claims.

about the paper leak and declared that the test was administered fairly and with integrity. According to the DUHS, no independent sources had reported any instances of mismanagement, cheating, or unlawful activity, and no test paper had been disclosed ahead of time.

The university declared that it had not broken any PMDC regulations and that its actions were legal. It was argued that by presenting shaky accusations based on fabricated medical reports, the petitioners were attempting to drag out the admissions process for MBBS and BDS programs. The institution requested that the petitions be dismissed for lack of maintainability.

According to the Pakistan Medical and Dental Council, there has been no hard proof of mismanagement in the MDCAT, and medical schools and universities are required to finish the admissions process within the allotted time.

After hearing the arguments from the attorneys, a division bench led by Chief Justice Aqeel Ahmed Abbasi dismissed the petitions for reasons that would be documented later.

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