Friday, May 23, 2003, Chandigarh, India


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CET papers distributed from home
J. S. Malhotra

Jalandhar, May 22
The functioning of the Punjab Technical University (PTU) has come under a cloud with Chief Coordinator for the Common Entrance Test-2003 Sadhu Singh today distributing question papers for the exam to those in charge of various examination centres from his residence instead of from the university campus here.

According to rules, the question papers for CET-2003 should have been stored in the PTU complex at Ladowali road to maintain the sanctity of the examination.

A visit to the residence of Mr Sadhu Singh, showed that there was no security arrangement as is mandatory for storing papers for such a high-profile examination. Mr Sadhu Singh and his wife were alone at home and busy distributing sealed envelopes of papers.

Nearly 15,000 candidates are appearing in the CET-2003 exam to be held tomorrow. There are 10,000 seats for various engineering courses in PTU-affiliated colleges.

Mr Sadhu Singh, however, maintained that there was nothing wrong in storing papers at his residence even as he was competent to take the necessary steps to ensure the smooth conduct of the examination, for which he had been appointed Chief Coordinator by the university. Dr Y.S. Rajan, Vice-Chancellor, said he would look into the matter.

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