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HC questions system of self-exam centres

india Updated: Nov 04, 2006 11:59 IST

THE ALLAHABAD High Court has questioned the system of self-examination centres in Uttar Pradesh.

The court has directed the state government to show cause why operation of government orders dated September 29, 2005 and October 5,2005 be not replaced by the old provisions, which provided examination centres under the calendar of the Board of High School and Intermediate Education, UP.

Now, the court will hear this case on November 6, 2006. The advocate-general has been asked by the court to assist in the matter.

The order was passed by Justice SN Srivastava on a writ petition filed by Committee of Management of Sri Mohan Singh Inter College and others.

The court observed that on the basis of the facts and materials available on record, it was clear that mass copying had taken shape of trade and business in High School and Intermediate examination due to introduction of self-examination centres in the same institutions. “Mass copying has also become source of earning for certain persons in the field of education,’’ observed the judge.

The court said that the concept of education had been discussed by the Supreme Court in the PA Inamdar’s case, where the apex court had observed that “education is continual growth of personality, steady development of character and the qualitative improvement of life. Education is training of the mind and not stuffing the brain. Education is national wealth and necessary to be maintained on merits in the interest of creating an egalitarian society to enable the country to rise high and face the global competition.”