Asst Professor Challenge CBSE in Court Over 2 Marks Lost in NET Paper

A dispute over two correct answers to a multiple-choice question asked in National Eligibility Test (NET) is being heard by Gujarat High Court. The court has sought an explanation from Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), which conducts NET on behalf of University Grants Commission (UGC). The exam is held to gauge the eligibility of candidates for the post of assistant professor in Indian universities and colleges and as junior research fellows.

During the first hearing, Justice J B Pardiwala observed that prima facie two out of four options were correct answers to the question asked and that the CBSE should clear its stance. The educational body was expected to submit a reply by June 9 but as it has not done so yet, the matter will be heard on July 4.

The plea was filed by Dr Vikas Trivedi, 35, assistant professor at a law school of a prominent varsity on SG Highway, who appeared for the NET exam for law in December 2014. The exam comprised three papers – Paper I and II of 100 marks each and Paper III of 150 marks.

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When the result was declared, Dr Trivedi scored 210 marks out of a total of 350, which makes it 60 per cent. However, he fell short of two marks required to meet the cut-off of 60.57 per cent set by NET for recruitment of assistant professors. If he wins the case, he would be granted two more marks and would meet the cut-off.

“If I win the case, I will have access to greater opportunities in the field of law as it will widen the scope of career development,” said Trivedi. When Trivedi was comparing the answers given by him with answer key published by CBSE, he found that option (B) was shown as the correct answer to Question number 11 of paper III.

Trivedi opted for option (A) while CBSE says option (B) is correct. Judge finds both correct

The question was regarding the principles settled by Supreme Court in four different judgments. Trivedi then searched for the answer in the law books and found that even Option A chosen by him was correct. He then shot of a complaint to CBSE with necessary proof to support his claim.

The CBSE did inquire into the grievance, but concluded in December that the correct answer was Option B. So, he decided to approach Gujarat High Court. Trivedi submitted in his plea that if he scored two more marks, his total score would be 212 and he would meet the 60.57 % cut-off set by CBSE to qualify for recruitment to the post of assistant professor.

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When the matter came up for hearing, Justice Pardiwala observed, “Prima facie, it appears that both the options A and Bare correct. The board will have to make its stance clear on this issue.” Confirming the development, Trivedi told Mirror, “Missing clearing a competitive exam like NET by 0.57 % is very disappointing and more so when, due to an apparent error in the question, both my answer as well as the one declared by the board seem correct.

It is unfortunate that the matter could not be resolved by CBSE’s grievance redressal system, forcing me to move the HC for justice. There is a clear violation of Article 14 in the case. Such errors have a demoralising effect on the candidates. I hope justice triumphs.” Mirror’s email to CBSE’s Public Relation Officer seeking the board’s comment on the matter remained unanswered.

(A) Gullappalli Nageswara Rao vs State of AP is about bias.
(B) K L Tripathi vs State Bank of India is about right of cross examination.
(C) General Medical Council vs Spaekmen is about irrelevance of principles of natural justice; if in reaching a decision, the principles make no difference.
(D) N Kalindi vs Tata Locomotives is about the right of representation by a lawyer being considered to be part of natural justice and it can be claimed
as of right.

News Courtesy: Ahmedabad Mirror (link)


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