Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Ultimate victory for students: Tuesday’s Supreme Court judgment orders access of copies of answer sheets of all examinations

August 10, 2011 12:26 PM

The apex court has ruled that evaluated answer-sheets are covered under the definition of “information” under the RTI Act. This judgment applies to all examinations including the Public Service Commissions, Universities, CBSE and other boards, professional bodies like ICAI—in fact, every examination conducted by any agency in India.

On 25th May, (Result Season: Thanks to RTI, students can now access their answer sheets) Moneylife had mentioned that though copies of answer sheets were being made available to students in several instances under the RTI (Right to Information) Act, a Supreme Court judgment was awaited in this matter.

A Kolkata student, Pritam Rooj would never have imagined that his aborted crusade of trying to procure a copy of his answer sheet from Presidency College, Calcutta University in 2007, would eventually be taken forward by two esteemed organisations in the country working for transparency-Mazdoor Kisaan Shakti Sangathan (MKSS) and Join Operation for Social Help (JOSH) to a thumping and applausive logical end.

On Tuesday, the Supreme Court gave a historic order ruling that every student of this country has the right to get a copy of his or her answer-sheet in every examination he or she sits for-be it the state board, CBSE or any competitive examination!

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