Long wait for answer scripts at DU
Students, who have been seeking disclosure of their answer sheets in Delhi University (DU), have are braving several ordeals.delhi Updated: Nov 12, 2011 23:36 IST
Students, who have been seeking disclosure of their answer sheets in Delhi University (DU), have are braving several ordeals.
With the university agitating over the Supreme Court's order through which a student can seek disclosure of his/her answer sheets by filing an RTI, students have to overcome bureaucratic hurdles to get a clearer picture of their actual performance.
"I filed an RTI to get one of my answer scripts in which I had not fared well, while in the other papers I got above 60%. I filed the petition in October and since then I have been told to go from one department to another since no one seems to know what to do," said Seema Patel, a student of DU.
The Central Information Commission (CIC) order states that a student can invoke Section 7 of the RTI Act, following which the university is obliged to provide a copy of the answer script on payment of R2 per page along with R10 as RTI application fee. However, students who are seeking the facility are being made to wait for months together, before any concrete response is provided.
"I had applied in August and it is only now that I have got my answer scripts. When I got my paper, I realised that it had been randomly checked with some questions not being checked at all. This is absolute carelessness," said Rohit Gulati, a student of law faculty.
While the vice-chancellor declined to comment on the matter, another senior DU official said: "Close to 30 lakh answer scripts are corrected annually and it is a Herculean task to expect this kind of an order will work. It does nothing but over-burden the system."