Over irregularities that seemed rampant during the All India Pre-Medical Entrance Test (AIPMT) 2015, the Supreme Court (SC) on Monday has ordered re-examination that would affect over six-lakh students who have taken the examination this year. The court has made it clear to Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) to re-conduct the examination within four weeks’ time.
The order was passed due to the petitions filled by a bunch of students who had alleged that the examination papers were leaked and keys were circulated through electronic devices in different examination centres across 10 states. The bench in its verdict said, “Petitions are allowed. CBSE to hold AIPMT 2015 exam within four weeks.”
CBSE had previously conducted the AIPMT 2015 on May 3, and it was opposing the plea for re-conduct of the test. They claimed that re-examination would take a mammoth exercise in their part which can take a long time and manpower to set through. The results of the AIPMT 2015 were expected to be out by June 5, to which the court had put a restrain and said CBSE to wait for the judgment.
According to CBSE Solicitor General, Ranjit Kumar the examinations could not easily be taken of this magnitude. Almost 6.30 lakh students had taken the examination in which only 44 students have been identified who got benefited from the paper leak. According to Kumar, this should not come in way of the rest of the students, who have worked heart and soul for the examination.
The court made its point by saying, “What message it will send to the hard working students whom burn midnight oil to prepare for the examination if they lose it to merit to such candidates.” Justice Ray criticized CBSE further by saying, “You should have taken precautionary steps from 2012. Whatever precautions you have taken have failed. All these precautionary steps taken by you are outdated. You were outwitted and not-maneuvered.
Haryana Police seemed to have back up the petitioner saying the 44 identified beneficiaries might not be the only one who got benefited, but there were many others to it. The CBSE should not give excuse of the time frame for not conducting the examination again as the integrity of the examination is on stake here.