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HC asks BSE to pay Rs 3 lakh to student for faulty evaluation


OST Bureau
Cuttack, Sep 5:

The Odisha High Court on Wednesday asked the authorities of the Board of Secondary Education (BSE) to pay compensation of Rs 3 lakh to a student for faulty evaluation of his examination paper.

Suman Panigrahy, a bright student of Basudevpur Panchayat High School in Bhadrak district who had appeared in the annual High School Certificate (HSC) examinations this year, was shocked when he found he had scored only six marks in the Mathematics paper. He moved the BSE for a rechecking and later moved the High Court, which directed the concerned authorities to do the needful. After re-evaluation, he was awarded 89 marks in the paper in which he had scored just six.

By the time his rectified mark-sheet came, Suman the last date for applying for higher education had already expired. Suman then approached the High Court again asking why he was subjected to agony and suffering for no fault of his and sought a damage of Rs 5 lakh from the BSE.

After hearing the case, Justice BN Mohapatra awarded a compensation of Rs 3 lakh and suggested BSE that it can collect the damage amount from the employees who were responsible for the gross callousness.