SC sets up panel for to suggest reforms for holding competitive exams

• The Supreme Court on Thursday favoured setting up of a three-member high-powered committee comprising Nandan Nilekani, a co-founder of tech giant Infosys, and renowned computer scientist Vijay P Bhatkar to suggest reforms for conducting of competitive examinations fairly by government bodies.

Key concerns highlighted by the court

• The top court said it would not vacate the stay on the declaration of result of SSC combined graduate level (CGL) and combined higher secondary level (CHSL) examinations held in 2017, in which lakhs of students had appeared.

• The bench said the three-member high powered committee would suggest reforms to the government bodies, which conduct competitive examinations like the SSC, as there are several cases of questions paper leaks.

• The court asked the counsel for Centre to seek instruction on the point of cancellation of examination saying it was difficult to identify the beneficiaries of leakage of question papers.

• The examination papers of the SSC CGL 2017 were allegedly leaked, leading to huge protests from job seekers for several days.

• The apex court had earlier favoured cancelling the 2017 SSC examination, whose declaration of result was stayed by the court in August, last year and holding it afresh by the National Testing Agency or the CBSE “in the interest of students”.

• The Centre had termed the allegations of paper leak as “bald and in general” and opposed the contention for scrapping the entire examinations.

• On August 31, the apex court had stayed the declaration of result of the SSC CGL and Combined Higher Secondary Level (CHSL) Examination held in 2017, in which lakhs of students had appeared, saying it seemed that the entire test and the system was “tainted”.

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