It looks like students have a rescuer who would solve their
problems of rechecking copies; it's the chief information commissioner (CIC) of
India. It gave an announcement in favor of students who face delays or high
charges in getting their answer sheets evaluated.
An appeal was filed by a Delhi University student Abne Ingty
who had challenged the cost of Rs 750 per question paper imposed for accessing
answer sheets under the RTI Act, to this CIC directed that universities can't
charge more than Rs2 per page.
According to CIC Sridhar Acharyulu of Delhi University that
by charging Rs 750, two classes of students are created "“ one who can and who can't.
Thus, right of equality guaranteed by Article 14 of the Constitution is
According to CIC, such costs will deny students of getting
information due to their status. No person should be discriminated due to his
economic status and an educational institution should certainly not charge a
CIC insisted University Grant Commission (UGC) and
Association of Indian Universities that this rule needs to be published and
followed in every educational body. Also, the Union HRD ministry needs to make
it mandatory for universities that Rs 2 per page for answer sheet should be
This rule will definitely benefit students who are waiting
to get their copies rechecked.
According to a B.Sc. student, Vismay Mansetta, he has been
asked to pay Rs 1000 by Saurashtra University to get his answer sheets checked.
So, he filed an appeal in Gujarat Information Commission (GIC).
Another student, Deep Maradia (whose RTI application had
exposed blunders in assessment in professional courses like MBA at the Gujarat
Technological University) said that this order will be a benefit for students
and would bring uniformity.
Shailendra singh Jadeja (an RTI activist) said that this
order will bring uniformity as there are large numbers of students who find it
difficult to get their answer sheets evaluated.