University of Health Sciences writes to FIA to probe admission test leakage rumours

LAHORE:22 august: The University of Health Sciences (UHS) has written a application to the Cyber Crime Wing of the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) to probe rumours making rounds on social media that the Medical and Dental Colleges' Admission Test (MDCAT) 2017, held on Sunday, was leaked before its commencement. The university has categorically denied and condemned a malicious campaign on social media from some hidden elements and has asked the FIA to act against those spreading rumours about the paper leakage. UHS Spokesman Muhammad Atif Monday said that news of paper leakage was baseless and it was being spread on social media to malign an institution, which is known for its valid, reliable and secure systems. "The fact is that some mischievous elements, after the conclusion of the test on Sunday, retyped and hand-drew a few questions and diagrams of physics section of the paper and posted them on a fake Facebook account named 'Ya mbbs ha mamu'. The admin of the account gave an impression as if the paper was leaked before the test which was absolutely incorrect. The test was concluded at 12 noon that day whereas the questions were uploaded after more than four hours," he added. The spokesman said that the objective of the post was to create unrest among candidates and incite them against the university and the government. Soon after the admin of the said fake account posted "part of the paper" on the social media, the post went viral and received 1,000 likes and 1,100 comments. Besides, it was shared more than 170 times. The post drew severe criticism from social media users, with one of them commented, "Admin is bluffing, what a shameless act." However, the spokesman for the university said that involvement of commercial tuition academies could not be ruled out. He said that UHS Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Junaid Sarfraz Khan had written an application to the FIA to thoroughly investigate the matter and brought all those to justice who were involved in this conspiracy. He advised candidates not to pay any heed to the rumour and reject all such concocted stories. "The University of Health Sciences would not compromise on its principles of justice, merit, equity and transparency," he concluded. Published in Daily Times, August 22nd 2017.

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