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Addressing sum of all fears

india Updated: Feb 16, 2009 15:30 IST
Snehal Rebello
Snehal Rebello
Hindustan Times
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If you’re sure you had cracked all those tricky trigonometry sums in the Olympiad but your marks don’t reflect your confidence, help is at hand.

In a move towards transparency, the Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education (HBCSE) will now allow students who have appeared for the Indian National Olympiad (INO) examination to apply for re-evaluation.

Two Right to Information (RTI) pleas demanding greater transparency in the evaluation process may have influenced the centre’s decision.

“Students who are unhappy with their scores and think they deserve more can apply for re-evaluation,” said HBCSE director H.C. Pradhan. “Solved papers will also be displayed on the website after students receive performance cards.”

Every year, about 1 lakh students from across the country appear for the first-level National Standard Exam-inations in math, biology, chemistry, physics and astronomy. Of this, 1,800 are chosen to appear for the second-level INO examination. From this some are chosen for an Orientation-Cum-Selection Camp (OCSC) that further shortlists — a brainy few — to represent India at the International Olympiad.

An RTI application filed last year sought information regarding the selection procedure of the International Junior Science Olympiad (IJSO) after some parents reportedly got a whiff that nine students from the state got into the OCSC through three state-level exams — under the nurturing excellence and talent service programme conducted by a public-limited company — instead of the national test. Another application pertained to the selection procedure and cut-off marks in the Physics Olympiad.

“These decisions have been taken to be make our working more transparent. The idea is to make information open to public and also get effective suggestions,” said Pradhan.

The final OCSC list will be announced after the re-evaluation and students get revised performance cards.