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Students protest `600 fee for answer sheet copies

india Updated: Sep 20, 2013 17:50 IST
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Students of Maharshi Dayanand University (MDU), under the banner of Indian National Student Organisation, staged a protest here on Friday to demand revocation of the university authorities' decision to charge `600 per copy of answer sheets.

According to a resolution passed during a meeting of the university executive council on Wednesday, held under the chairmanship of vice-chancellor HS Chahal, students wishing to get a copy of their checked answer sheet would have to apply within one month of result declaration by paying `600 per answer sheet (per subject).

The varsity would provide the photocopies within ten days of receiving the application, but they would not be provided if the application came after expiry of the one-month period.

INSO president Pradeep Deswal told HT that the university authorities wanted to use the new proposal as a deterrent to those “scores of students” who are suspicious about the marks they have scored and get photocopies of their answer sheets for over `100 per answer sheet by using the Right to Information Act, 2005.

University officials remain annoyed with the huge number of RTI requests seeking photocopies of answer sheets, and the new proposal would be used as a tool to stop such applicants, he added.

Another protester said there was no provision of appeal, if the university failed to provide the copy within the stipulated time of 10 days.

A professor, requesting not to be named, said the new proposal had been mooted with an idea of a win-win situation, as it would work as a deterrent for the huge number of requests, and would earn some money for the cash-strapped university.

MDU controller of examinations BS Sindhu said, “The decision has been taken in view of the judgement of the Supreme Court to allow students to get a photocopy of their answer sheets upon request.”

The answer sheet would be given to the applicant after eclipsing of all information related to the identity of the examiner or evaluator, and any other official associated with the examination process, he added.

However, he refused to comment when asked how the new proposal would benefit students when they could fetch copies through the RTI Act at a much lower price.

Repeated attempts were made to contact university registrar SP Vats, but he remained unavailable for comment.