The Central Board of Secondary Education ( CBSE) has set up a panel to implement the Supreme Courts August 9 verdict, upholding a Calcutta High Court order permitting students to inspect and photocopy their ans

wer- sheets in any educational or professional examination.

This will enable the students to seek re- evaluation if they point out unreasonable marks granted by the examiner.

” We are seeking a review of the judgement that applies to all examining bodies in the country. Instead, we have set up a panel to formulate the modalities of how students can access their answer- sheets through RTI ( Right to Information) application,” CBSE chairman Vineet Joshi said.

He said the panel has been asked to submit its report at the earliest to introduce the system by next year for Class X and XII students appearing for the board examinations in 2012. So far the board allows only a re- totalling of marks, without giving any access to the answer- sheets nor entertaining any request for revaluation.

Only a few universities today allow students to see their answer- sheets on payment of a fixed fee and these include the universities of Bombay, Pune and Punjab and IGNOU. The Karnataka Secondary Board too follows this practice.

The Supreme Court verdict binds all examining bodies to disclose the answer- sheets to the applicants, but with a rider that the applications be filed within a specified time as boards and universities cannot keep such records forever. The CBSE keeps answer- sheets for three months and destroys them thereafter.

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