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18 days on, CBSE yet to reply on six ambiguous questions

Vivek Gupta, Hindustan Times  Chandigarh, July 07, 2014
First Published: 08:56 IST(7/7/2014) | Last Updated: 08:57 IST(7/7/2014)

Even as almost three weeks have passed since the Punjab and Haryana high court directed the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) to clarify its stand on six ambiguous questions in the biology section of the AllIndia Pre Medical/Pre-Dental Test (AIPMT), the board has not submitted its reply so far.

On June 18, the high court had asked the board to review and take a decision regarding six erroneous questions within a week and convey this to petitioner Arvind Goyal.

Goyal said it was unfortunate that the CBSE had not bothered to rectify the errors even after the high court directions. “The CBSE should have taken the matter seriously as the future of thousands of students is at stake,” he said adding that all errors pointed out by him were crystal clear. He had attached references of standard textbooks along with each error.

According to information, the board had accepted errors in three questions and awarded four bonus marks for each of the incorrect question to all candidates appeared in the AIPMT. Calling the board’s act arbitrary, Goyal said the board had ignored six questions that deserved the bonus marks too and despite his petition, the board did not clarify its stand on these questions.

Only three questions—two from chemistry and one from biology— were awarded bonus marks and rest of the ambiguous questions were ignored, he said.

PETITIONER FILES CONTEMPT PETITION

Left with no other option, the petitioner had filed contempt petition last week in the court, hearing of which is scheduled to be held on Monday.

Goyal said response by the board showed its lack of concern for students. “We will fight till the time the board does not clarify its stand on these questions,” he said. Earlier acting on his (petitioner) PIL, the high court directed the CBSE to upload answer keys of AIPMT and invited objections from students. Meanwhile, efforts were made to reach the board’s chairman Vineet Joshi, but he could not be contacted.

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