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  • The Centre wants the ITI and other top Indian firms to bid for 5G as Chinese firms Huawei and ZTE are not likely to be allowed to participate
  • India and China agree on total disengagement to return to peace ahead of the next round of military talks
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  • ICSE, ISC results declared, Average scores in the English paper, 20% lower this year than the average in most years, pulls down the aggregate for most candidates
  • IIP contracts by 35% in May. Manufacturing goes down by 39.3%
  • Row erupts over CBSE's decision to reduce the syllabus by 30% this academic year due to the disruption caused by the pandemic. Experts say several lessons that the ruling dispensation does not like are being removed
  • Gangster Vikas Dubey's nephew killed in an encounter by UP police who also pick up his key aide Raju Khullar and his son Adarsh
  • MHA sets up an inter-ministerial committee to probe the alleged financial misdeeds of three trusts linked to the Gandhi family
  • Actor Jagdeep, most famous for his Soorma Bhopali act in Sholay, passes away
  • Pakistan says Kulbhushan Jadhav has declined to file a review petition and will stick to his mercy plea. India calls it a farce
  • India to keep a strict vigil to confirm that the Chinese are abiding by the deal on the pullback at the LAC
The plot thickens in Rajasthan. Sachin Pilot removed as deputy chief minister and PCC chief. His loyalists dropped as ministers.
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CA Students Are Not Demanding The Moon, The Government Must Act Promptly

By Sunil Garodia

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Sunil Garodia Editor-in-Chief of indiacommentary.com. Current Affairs analyst and political commentator. Writes for a number of publications.

It is a matter of great regret that The Chartered Accountants Act, 1949 (CA Act) does not have a provision for re-evaluation of answer scripts. Perhaps, the drafters of the law did not envisage a situation that has now cropped up. Out of the over 300000 students who took the three examinations conducted by The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI) in May 2019, only about 70000 passed. That, by itself, would not have been damning for students can fail for any number of reasons. But when more than 53000 of them accessed their evaluated answer scripts through the RTI Act, they were shocked to find that the examiners had made a complete hash of the evaluation and given them much lower marks.

Since then, the CA students are on the warpath. They have been staging dharnas outside the ICAI head office in Delhi and all its regional offices spread across the country. After they were informed by ICAI that the CA Act had no provision for re-evaluation, the students have been demanding that the government amend the Act. The ICAI has, in the meantime, formed an expert committee to examine the demand for re-evaluation. The committee will include Justice Anil R Dave, a retired justice of the Supreme Court, two former presidents of ICAI, Ved Jain and Amarjit Chopra, educationist Girish Ahuja and PC Jain, a government nominee. The committee will study the system in other countries and suggest a road map to the government.

The ICAI also said that it had introduced a step-wise marking system under which answers are broken down into steps and marks were awarded for each correct step. It said that a system of re-check was possible through which an examinee could apply if the examiner had missed a step. But the students are not satisfied with that. They want complete re-evaluation as they feel that answer sheets have not been properly evaluated. Hence they are demanding an amendment to include a re-evaluation of answer sheets as a right of the examinee if mistakes are found and a reform of the evaluation system.

The government must accede to this demand as the students have proof of the incorrect evaluation of their answer sheets. Students taking up chartered accountancy have to give three or more years to rigorous studies, coaching classes and professional training. If they feel cheated by the examination system, they would obviously be agitated. Since the careers of more than 230000 students are involved, the government must act without delay. Committees are known to take months to submit their reports. In this case, the government has to provide immediate relief to the students.