Poonam Sharma, a medical aspirant who cleared the All India Pre Medical Test (AIPMT) this year was taken aback when she learnt that she will be debarred from the counseling session due to over age. According to the rule book, anyone who is above 25 won’t get the chance to appear from counseling and Poonam had already attained the maximum age. Worse still, she was briefed about the news on the day of counseling.
Poonam, a resident of Indore, qualified for the AIPMT securing the 539 rank. She was informed about the age limit only a few days before the counseling through a local news paper. To the utter dismay of many students like her, the MP online website posted the rule book on Friday, the day of counseling.
Poonam said that as per the age criteria, she should not have been eligible for the AIPMT registration. But her registration was accepted and there was no mention of the rule regarding the age limit.
She further added that after learning about the rule, she approached a senior officer hoping that he would do something about the strange rule. But he said such was a pressure on them in the wake of the scam that they were compelled to make change in rule in the eleventh hour.
However, there are many students facing the same flight as Poonam who did not give up on their dreams despite the PMT scam and appeared for the AIPMT test.
In 2013, Poonam narrowly missed a chance to qualify for the AIPMT. She has filed a case in the Supreme Court as 90 seats are still lying vacant after some students were denied admission for use of unfair means. 23 June is the next date for hearing on the SC case.