The Delhi University or DU has earned more than Rs 3 crore in fees paid by students for either rechecking or revaluation of answer sheets and for getting their photocopies between 2015-16 and 2017-18, an RTI has revealed. The varsity earned Rs 2,89,12,310 for revaluation alone between 2015-16 and 2017-18, according to the information provided by the university in response to an RTI. During the same period, the Delhi University earned Rs 23,29,500 for rechecking and Rs 6,49,500 for providing students copies of answer-scripts evaluated.
According to DU rules, one will have to pay Rs 1,000 for revaluation of a single copy and Rs 750 for rechecking of the answer script. Rechecking only means re-totaling of the marks. Students will have to pay the same amount if they want to get a photocopy of the answer script. The information regarding the income generated was shared by the DU in response to an RTI application filed by a former student.
"I had filed an RTI seeking inspection of my answer-script in 2016. My plea dragged on for two years and I had to take recourse to the CIC (Central Information Commission), which ordered the university to let me inspect the answer-script as per RTI's Section 2(j). The university is yet to allow me the inspection of my answer-script. It has said it will pursue the matter further at the high court," the former law student said.
The student said that had he been allowed the inspection of his answer-script, and in case any discrepancy found, he would have asked for the re-totaling/ revaluation to be done by the university free of charge since he is not bound to pay for the mistakes made by the university. "This is a grave issue of public interest. Not everyone is rich enough to spend Rs 1,000 or Rs 750 for revaluation. Also logically, if the discrepancy is found, the university should be duty-bound to correct it without cost... They (university administration) are making students pay for the mistakes they made," he said.
The CIC on August 18 had ordered the Delhi University to allow the applicant inspection of his answer copy in "larger public interest". "... The Commission felt that issue under consideration involved larger public interest affecting the fate of all students who wish to obtain information regarding their answer-sheet/ marks. Hence allowing inspection of their own answer sheets to the students ought to be allowed as per the provision of the RTI Act, 2005," the Commission said, adding that the applicant be allowed the inspection of his answer-sheets within 15 days of this letter.
When the student was not allowed the inspection of his answer sheet even after the CIC order, the former DU student approached the Public Information Officer of the university only to find out that the university's Examination Branch (which keeps the answer-sheets) has decided to challenge the verdict.