Equality before Law and Equal Protection of Law
|Second Appeal to MP SIC against DAVV, Indore|
|Written by Hanumant's Law Journal|
|Saturday, 04 September 2010 12:21|
UPDATE: Due to other commitments, I could not personally attend the hearing. But our esteemed colleague Adv. Sunil Ramchandani represented us well and we won the case.
When I got the results for my LLB exams, I was disappointed. I scored 60%, which was highest in the University but in absolute terms it wa still only 60%! It conveys that I didn't know 40% of the stuff. I had studied well and I had answered all the questions with cases and everything. Yet, I got only 60%. I wanted to know what I wrote wrong or what I missed in my answers so that I can improve. If you are deducting 40% then you ought to tell me why.
Unfortunately, as highlighted in my other article, DAVV, just like many other Indian University is not at all learning friendly. Their examination process, evaluation, etc. is all a sham. Nobody knows how and on what basis do they evaluate the answers. There are no guidlines for the evaluaters on marking. There is no criteria for how many marks should be awarded and what points need to be covered in an answer.
So my only recourse was to get a copy of my answersheet and show to my professors in college. My objective was to find out the mistakes so that I can write better in the next exams. DAVV charges Rs. 500 per answersheet to view it and it seemed like a good idea.
However, the problem is that DAVV only allows you to only view the answersheet... literally. You are put in a hall and are given the answersheet but you can only view it. You can't take notes, you can't take a copy. You can't talk to anyone. You can just look at it and go away. That's it. To me, this is a complete waste and it totally negates the purpose of viewing the answersheet. What am I going to do with this? I already know what I wrote. The whole point was to show to the professors to improve on it.
So I filed a Right to Information Application to get a copy of my answersheet. It was promtly denied. I filed first appeal to the VC, for which no response came. Finally, I filed Second Appeal to MP State Information Commission sometime around in Mar. 2009. I just got a letter from them that a hearing has been scheduled on 20th Sept. 2010.
I have already passed LLB and am a Lawyer now. My answersheets are probably disposed off long ago. So I am not going to benefit much from it. But I believe this is a very important case and has the potential to revolutionise the University education. When students get their answersheet and compare what they have written and how they have been awarded mark, they will be enraged at the mistakes, irrational evaluation, and the over all callous evaluation process. Only when there are hundreds of students enraged and breathing down the throat of Univ. authorities, a change can happen. I believe this will bring a lot of accountability to University examinations thereby increasing the standard of education.
So I am keeping my fingers crossed. Here is the softcopy of the 2nd appeal that was filed.
-Adv Hanumant Deshmukh
|Last Updated on Thursday, 23 September 2010 11:47|
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