Unsatisfied with the marks he got in the examination, Ramkesh Kaushal, a student filed an RTI, demanding a copy of his answer sheet which revealed some serious flaws in the evaluation process at Dr. Bhimrao Ambedkar University. The university administration has now issued a show-cause notice to the evaluator concerned and barred him from checking answer sheets for five years.
In July, Ramkesh Kaushal moved to the Allahabad high court and filed a writ petition against the university administration. Soon after the matter came to the notice, the court directed the university administration to take time-bound action.
Last month, the matter was discussed at the varsity's examination committee meeting after which action was recommended against the evaluator concerned. Kaushal, a third-year student of the five-year integrated BA LLB programme, applied for his answer sheet under RTI after getting less than expected marks.
Kaushal was stunned to see the apathy of the authorities when he found major irregularities in the answer sheet of question paper J-615 of "Labour Law", marks were not awarded to an answer, the total marks awarded did not match with the total of the score of each answer. After seeing the carelessness of the management, the law student filled a writ petition in the High Court. Under the RTI Act, students at Agra University can demand a copy of their evaluated answer sheets on payment of Rs 300 for undergraduate and Rs 500 for post-graduate courses.
Following court orders, university vice-chancellor Arvind Kumar Dixit discussed the matter at a meeting of the examination committee. After making inquiries, the committee found that the answer sheet of the student was evaluated by an Agra College law faculty lecturer, MM Khan. The committee decided to the ban the teacher from evaluating answer sheets for five years.