1. Answer Sheet campaign: DU:
‘Question of Your Answers’ Campaign: Transparency of Examination
JOSH launched ‘Question of Your Answers Campaign’ in the different colleges and universities of Delhi on 9th of September, 2006 by Ms. Kiran Bedi and Shri. Arvind Kejriwal. Over 300 students in different colleges and universities of Delhi were trained on Right to Information Act. They then helped other students in their respective colleges to file RTI applications seeking answers for different problems faced by them in daily functioning.
Under this campaign, students filed RTI applications asking for copies of their evaluated answer sheets, marks break up, tabulation sheet and other information regarding the examination process. This campaign seeks to ensure transparency and accountability in the education and examination system. More than 400 RTI applications have been filed till now by the students of different colleges of Delhi University.
This campaign has traveled from Delhi to other states also. Students of Punjab University, in Chandigarh participated in the campaign. College students of Bettiah, in West Champaran district of Bihar, joined hands to strengthen the cause.
Towards Policy Intervention and Follow up:
This issue was taken up by JOSH with the Central Information Commission (CIC). In 2007 April, Central Information Commission in its 5 bench hearing gave a decision that since bodies like Universities and CBSE are formed by the Constitution for execution of examination, therefore they are competent bodies and should not be challenged. Moreover, since we are talking about large number of answer scripts, allowing access to copies of evaluated answer sheets will render the system unworkable. Thus, provision to copies of answer sheet after evaluation under RTI Act was denied.
JOSH filed for impleadment in Supreme Court in the Case of University of Calcutta Vs Pritam Rooz. Senior advocate and winner of the Right Livelihood Award, 2017, Colin Gonsalves of Human Rights Law Network represented JOSH at the Supreme Court. The Honable Supreme Court in its judgement in 2011 allowed disclosure of answersheets to the examinee under the Right to Information Act.