In a move that will help prospective students seeking admission in educational institutions in motley of fields, the CIC has directed the Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research (JIPMER) to furnish the answer key of the entrance test conducted in July 2011. The order, will now apply to all institutes of higher learning throughout the country, and is supposed to bring greater transparency in the selection process.
The RTI application, filed by Puducherry Government Medical Officers' Association general secretary Dr K Sudhakar with the Jipmer public information officer (PIO), was subsequently rejected on the ground that it was not the practice of the institute to share question papers of entrance tests. Sudhakar then approached the first appellate authority, which declared that it was "satisfied with the PIO's reply." However, unfazed by rejection, Sudhakar approached the CIC, who gave a patient hearing, and directed JIPMER to provide an answer key to the test in the interest of the students. "ThePIO cannot deny information based on arbitrary whims or policies of various institutions," Shailesh Gandhi, the CIC said. He also warned that destruction of such information could raise 'serious repurcussions', when contented by PIO that information could have been destroyed.
"JIPMER does not provide question papers with answer keys of its entrance exams. The instituteonly announcesthelist of selected students with their marks.The students are notin a position to verify their performance as they do not have access to the question paper and answer key," Sudhakar told a media outlet.