A 17-year-old IIT-JEE aspirant remains ineligible to sit for the engineering exam, thanks to the Madhya Pradesh Board of Secondary Education’s “faulty” evaluation of his class 12 papers and then refusal to issue a corrected mark sheet after a re-evaluation gave him better scores.
The MPBSE has moved the high court challenging its order on the ground that the re-evaluation of answer sheets is prohibited under the MP Madhyamik Siksha Adhiniyam, 1965, and if permitted, it would “open flood gates to similar litigants seeking similar reliefs”.
Bhoomendra Sisodia, a student from Dhar district, was awarded an aggregate of 74% in PCM (Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics), making him ineligible from taking the IIT-JEE whose cut-off is set at 75%. He could not sit for the test due to this last year.
He moved a petition before the Indore bench of the high court, praying his answer sheets be re-evaluated as no such provision was present in the board rules. After hearing his contention, the court ordered his answer sheets to be re-evaluated by experts.
On re-evaluation, Sisodia’s marks improved from 74% to 85.6%. Originally, he was awarded 87 out of 100 in Mathematics, but after re-evaluation he got 98. Similarly, his marks in Physics improved from 48 out of 75 to 60, and 50 to 56 in Chemistry.
Based on the outcome of the revaluation, Justice Prakash Shivastava on January 12, 2016 ordered the board to issue the correct mark sheet to Bhoomendra.
“Instead of issuing the correct mark sheet, the board has moved an appeal before the court saying it was outside the purview of writ jurisdiction of the court and the petition cannot be considered as per the binding statutory provisions of 1965 Act,” said Animesh Chaturvedi, counsel for the student.
Chaturvedi said the boy was clearly eligible for taking IIT-JEE entrance test. “He has already lost a chance to appear for the examination in 2015. He might miss the last chance too if the board does not issue him the correct mark sheet,” he said.