SC directs CBSE to declare pre-med results by August
The Apex Court’s order came on a petition by Central Board of Secondary Examination (CBSE) for extension of time to re-conduct the AIPMT examinations for over 6.3 lakh candidates.
The court, while quashing on June 15 the AIPMT-2015 on the ground of large-scale irregularities, had asked CBSE to re-conduct the exam within four weeks.
“Vide order dated June 15, 2015, this Court had directed CBSE to hold re-examination of AIPMT Test 2015 within four weeks. An application has been filed by CBSE expressing difficulty in holding the examination within the stipulated time as directed by this Court.
“They seek minimum four months and 9 days’ time to complete the examination. However, looking to the fact that the semester for MBBS First Year would start very soon, we deem it fit and proper to permit CBSE to complete the examination and declare the results on or before August 17, 2015,” the bench said.
The Apex Court made it clear that the first counselling “shall be held on or before August 28, the second counselling on or before September 4 and the third counselling on or before September 11, 2015”.
Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi, appearing for CBSE, told a bench of justices R K Agrawal and <g data-gr-id="65">A M</g> <g data-gr-id="63">Sapre</g> that four weeks time is insufficient for <g data-gr-id="64">re-conducting</g> the examination.
Rohatgi said the exam would be conducted at around 1000 centres and since vacations are going on, there is <g data-gr-id="58">shortage</g> of teachers. He said that the board also needs time to prepare the question papers again.
“A large number of schools would be required for the exam. There is <g data-gr-id="49">shortage</g> of teachers, invigilators and para-military forces,” he said.
The Attorney General said that normally the board needs around seven months time to hold examinations but “we have compromised and seek only three months time”.
However, the court said, “In the past everything was done in one month. We are living in an era of technology and everything is possible now.”
During the hearing, Additional Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, appearing for Medical Council of India (MCI), which conducts counselling, urged CBSE to squeeze its time period and hold the exam within the period decided by the Apex Court.
“We are not in adversarial litigation. We are only concerned with future of the students. If the deadline is not maintained, only state quota seats would be filled. Thus there will be two parallel batches for the same course which will affect future post-graduate admissions and ultimately students will suffer,” he said.
The bench said, “Work out the things together as you are sailing in the same boat. We have got genuine difficulty and we cannot do away with the dispute.”
The CBSE had on Thursday told the court that it would be “impossible” for it to re-conduct in four weeks the scrapped exam as earlier directed by the apex court in its June 15 order.
The Supreme Court had on June 15 scrapped the AIPMT-2015 and had ordered re-conduct of the
examination within four weeks. The apex court had said that although the re-conduct of the examination would consume time and cause inconvenience but to maintain the “impeccable and irrefutable” credibility of examination “this is the price, the stakeholders would have to suffer”.
It had also directed the investigating agency (Haryana Police) to complete its probe in the case with all “alacrity and earnestness” in accordance with <g data-gr-id="53">law</g>.