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SC cancels AIPMT entrance test - Orders to conduct re-test within 4 weeks [Read the Judgment]

Diljith Manohar
15 Jun 2015 7:48 AM GMT
SC cancels AIPMT entrance test - Orders to conduct re-test within 4 weeks [Read the Judgment]
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Supreme Court cancelled All India Pre-Medical Test (AIPMT) 2015 and orders CBSE to conduct fresh test within four weeks. Strongly opposing the move to conduct re-examination, Ranjt Kumar Solicitor General appearing for CBSE, said that "6.3 lakh students cannot be made to take the exam afresh when only 44 students have been found involved in taking benefits through unfair means”. The AIPMT result which was scheduled to be declared on June 5, had been stayed before by the court till June 12, on finding the occurrence of large scale irregularities including answer keys being leaked. ."

The bench comprising of Justices R K Agrawal and Amitava Roy , held that “We are aware, that the abrogation of the examination, would result in some inconvenience to all concerned and that same extra time would be consumed for holding a fresh examination with renewed efforts therefor. This however, according to us, is the price, the stakeholders would have to suffer in order to maintain the impeccable and irrefutable sanctity and credibility of a process of examination, to assess the innate worth and capability of the participating candidates for being assigned inter se merit positions commensurate to their performance based on genuine and sincere endeavours. It is a collective challenge that all the role-players would have to meet, by rising to the occasion and fulfill the task ahead at the earliest, so as to thwart and abort the deplorable design of a mindless few seeking to highjack the process for selfish gain along with the unscrupulous beneficiaries thereof. Though the 39 Board has taken a plea that having regard to the enormity of the exercise to be undertaken, the same cannot be redone before four months, we would emphasize that this is an occasion where it (the Board) ought to gear up in full all its resources in the right spirit, in coordination with all other institutions that may be involved so as to act in tandem and hold the examination afresh at the earliest. In the course of the arguments, this court was apprised that on previous occasions such type of examination had been held anew within a period of one month. We have no reason to doubt, that all other institutions would not lag behind to extend all possible assistance to the Board in its renewed endeavour. We are not unaware that in holding the present examination as well as in participating in the exercise, all genuinely concerned have put in tireless efforts. All these however have been rendered futile by a handful of elements seeking to reap undue financial gain by subjecting the process to their evil manoeuvres. We have thus no hesitation to order that the All India Pre-Medical and Pre-Dental Test stands cancelled. The CBSE would now have to hold a fresh examination at the earliest, by complying with all necessary and prescribed norms, being mindful of the exigency amongst others of 40 the commencement of the academic session which presently stands scheduled to be on and from 01.8.2015. We direct the Board, in the attendant of facts and circumstances to hold the examination within a period of four weeks from today. It would take the necessary follow up steps in the coordination with all other institutions involved in the admission process and space the intermediate phases in the same pattern (understandably with dates changed) of the time schedule as mandated by this court in Mridul Dhar & Anr.  vs. Union of India & Ors. Priya Gupta vs. State of Chattisgarh and Ors.. Endeavours should be made to minimize the delay after the examination is held afresh as directed. We part with the expectation that the CBSE and the other stakeholder institutions would act in the right sprit in complying with this order for the paramountcy and trustworthiness of the system as well as the sustenance of the confidence that it enjoys. We all owe this, in the minimum, to the society in general and the student community in particular.”

Read the Judgment here.

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