Two months on, no reply to RTI query

The examination department of the University of Pune (UoP) seems to be evading RTI queries related to the alleged re-evaluation irregularities being probed by the Pune police.

On January 17, 2013, The Indian Express had filed an application under the Right to Information Act seeking specific information on students applying for a re-evaluation of their first semester papers between March 2012 and August 2012 and change of marks in each case. This is the period, according to the police, during which the alleged irregularities in the re-evaluation process took place as the clerks allegedly indulged in fraudulently increasing marks during the data entry process.

The university is yet to furnish the information sought.

A month after the query was sent, the public information officer (PIO) concerned had sent a reply saying the application had been sent to the examination department of the university.

"...as and when we will receive information from the concerned department it will be provided to at earliest," read the letter sent by Bhosale on February 15. One and a half month has since passed but no information has been furnished by the department.

An official from the RTI cell said while the PIO had repeatedly sent requests and reminders to the examination department, the latter was yet to respond.

"We are completely dependent on them for the information sought. Unless they supply the details, we can do nothing about it. Apparently, the department is having trouble with the servers in which this information has been stored. Also, there was a lot of overhaul in the department lately," said the official.

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