The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) might have reconducted the All India Pre Medical Test (AIPMT), but candidates allege that the board is yet to refund the money they had deposited while filing objections for the initial AIPMT test, which was conducted on May 3.
Responding to a Right to Information (RTI) application, CBSE denied having any concrete information about the money it received as the fee that a candidate has to submit while raising objections about the questions asked in the test.
The AIPMT retest was conducted on July 25 across the country after the Supreme Court (SC) had scrapped the initial test when it was revealed that its question paper had been leaked.
Rs 1000 per objection
Many candidates from the tricity had filed their objections pertaining to the questions asked in the May third exam. As per the board's rule, a student has to deposit '1000 per challenge. The guidelines however state that the amount has to be refunded if a candidate's objection is/are accepted.
However, candidates are accusing the board of not returning their money even after the examination was scrapped.
Ravinder Kaur, mother of a city-based candidate, said she had written numerous emails to the board asking about the money they had deposited but is yet to receive a reply.
"We had raised doubts over four questions in the paper and had submitted '4,000 to the board. The board is yet to refund the money even though the SC cancelled the test. Officials have not yet responded to my emails,"said Kaur.
A candidate requesting anonymity said "It is quite disappointing that the board is yet to refund the money. Candidates from across the country must have submitted their objections with the board, which would have resulted in a large influx of money."
'Not a matter of larger interest'
Responding to a Right to Information (RTI) application filed by local academician Arvind Goyal, CBSE denied having any information about the money it received as fee for the objections filed by the candidates.
"Requisite information is not available with the CBSE and it is not required in the larger interest", CBSE's replay to the RTI read.
Commenting on the issue, Goyal said, "If the students have submitted the money through the channel mentioned by the CBSE on its website, then how is it possible that the board does not have any record of the amount of money it received? Any exam which affects nearly 5.75 lakh candidates from all over India is definitely an issue of larger public interest".
He added, "The record of money submitted for the objections by the students should be so clearly maintained that if the same student files objection for the AIPMT retest, he/she should not be charged again. The rest of the students who submitted the money earlier and did not be file any objections this time should be refunded".