29 Mar 2008, 0445 hrs IST,TNN
KOLKATA: Calcutta High Court set a precedent on Friday by granting the wish of a Presidency College student to see his answer script, although Calcutta University rules apparently have no provision for this.
The directive may open the floodgates, with stude-nts knocking on CU — and possibly the court’s door — with petitions to be allowed a glimpse of their answer sheets.
Pritam Rooz, a second-year mathematics honours student, was upset with the poor marks (28) he got in mathematics paper V. He applied to CU for a review, following which his score was revised to 32 — pass marks, barely.
The student then wanted to know about his mistakes and urged CU to show his script under the Right to Information Act. The authorities denied the request, saying the university has no such rule. Rooz then moved court against the university.
CU's lawyer Sambuddha Chakrabarty argued that Rooz's prayer for showing the script doesn't come under the purview of the RTI Act as the applicant wasn't seeking any information. He is aware of what he wrote in the script, the lawyer argued.
Rooz's counsel Satadal Chatterjee submitted that his client's prayer was valid under Section 3 of the Act — whi-ch includes showing a student his/her script.
While delivering the judgment, Justice Sanjeeb Banerjee observed that a student has the right to see his answer script under Article 19 of the Constitution. He added that a student "might make a silly or a major mistake" while answering questions hurriedly and should be allowed to see the script so that he can rectify himself.
Justice Banerjee also sounded a note of caution for examiners, saying they should be careful in correcting scripts.
He held that the university should take care to protect and preserve answer sheets.
The judge, however, granted a two-week stay on the implementation of his order.
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