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Photocopies of PU answer sheets given under RTI Act

Posted by rtiact2005 on July 16, 2006

Photocopies of PU answer sheets given under RTI Act
 
DH News Service Karwar:

http://www.deccanherald.com/deccanherald/jul172006/district173582006716.asp

For the first time in the state students have been given photocopies of their examination answer sheets, under the Right to Information Act (RTI Act).

This happened here on Friday when Pre-University Education Board Deputy Director Mahabaleshwar Bhat granted photocopies of answer sheets of students who had failed in first PU exams, in response to a request based on Right to Information Act. This development would go a long way in ensuring transparency in the examination process.

Mr Bhat, who handed over the answer sheets, admitted that the request for photocopies of answer sheets could not be turned down.

He explained that he had written to the PU Education Board director in Bangalore about the students’ request on June 30. But the students delayed to give an application in writing for 10 days. After the application was submitted, he had to wait another four days to hear from Bangalore. The director told him over phone to grant the photocopies and that written permission would be sent later by fax. Accordingly, Mr Bhat said that he had provided the answer sheets.

Bhat clarified that though photocopies of answer sheets could be given under the Right to Information Act, revaluation could be done only through guidelines laid by the PU Education Board.

The students got the photocopies thanks to advocacy by NSUI District President Raghu Naik and Dalit Sangharsh Samiti leader Elish G Yelakapati.

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One Response to “Photocopies of PU answer sheets given under RTI Act”

  1. It looks like those who can’t kick the habit have a less deadly alternative. I am sure glad I got out there when I did.

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