Managements told to Publish Students’ Marks

The High Court on Wednesday directed the Kerala Christian Professional College Management Federation to file a statement regarding details of marks obtained in the qualifying examination and the Common Entrance Test by candidates admitted or seeking admission to the MBBS courses in four self-financing medical colleges.

Justice Antony Dominic issued the directive when a writ petition filed by Aysha Haleema Mandoth of Kozhikode came up for hearing.

The petitioner sought a directive to publish names of those candidates who seek admission and were admitted, their marks, names of the qualifying examination, roll number and year of passing and also the marks obtained by them after “normalisation” of marks.

The publication of such details would make sure that the process of drawing the rank list was transparent.

It would also enable the other applicants to check the marks claimed by the candidates and calculate the index marks awarded.

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The petitioner said that there were instances of candidates furnishing false marks obtained in their qualifying examination and the entrance test to get admission.

Though the petitioner sought publication of the details, the managements had refused.

The petitioner alleged that the managements were keeping the selection process secret.

In fact, it was the legal obligation of the managements to ensure fairness in the process of selection and a merit-based selection as provided under Section 4 of the Professional Colleges, Institutions (Prohibition of Capitation Fee Regulation of Admission, Fixation of Non-exploitative Fee and Other Measures to Ensure Equity and Excellence in Professional Education) Act 2006.

The refusal to disclose the details amounted to violation of the fundamental rights of the petitioner as provided under Article 14 and 15 of the Constitution.

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