CBSE refunds money for AIPMT retest, skips refund for cancelled exam

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustantimes, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Dec 18, 2015 00:04 IST

The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has finally refunded the money of AIPMT-2015 retest objections filed by the applicants.

This comes in the wake of an explanation that the ministry of human resource development (MHRD) had sought from the CBSE regarding non-refund of money to the students who had filed objections to a question in the AIPMT retest held in July. The step was taken in response to a local academician Arvind Goyal’s representation dated October 3 to the ministry.

A local parent and resident of Sector 33, whose child had appeared for the retest, said she had received a cheque of rs 1,000 on Wednesday as refund.

However, as per a letter from the board to Goyal, no refund has been made for the AIPMT test on May 3, which was cancelled.

The letter from the CBSE states, “It is to inform that the challenges submitted by the candidates were checked by the board and the answer keys were found to be correct. As per Rule 16.1 of the AIPMT information bulletin, the amount was to be refunded to candidate only if his/her challenge is accepted by the board.”

The letter further states, “After completing entire process, the CBSE has completed its work for preparation of result. However, the final declaration was not done in view of the Supreme Court directives.”

Citing that the fee was being charged by the CBSE for the process, which was completed and also as no challenge was accepted, fee will not be refunded under Rule 16.1.

Commenting on the same, Goyal said, “It’s good to see that the CBSE has refunded the money deposited by the students for the objections for the AIPMT retest. But it’s difficult to comprehend why they are refusing to refund the money for the AIPMT test that was cancelled by the SC.”

He added that the students didn’t derive any benefit from that exam and thus why should their money not be refunded. “In fact, the students had to go through the grind of the retest for no fault of theirs,” said Goyal.

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