DECEMBER’09: The Central Information Commission has ordered the IITs to disclose most details of candidates who sat the 2009 entrance examination, rejecting the institutes’ argument that revealing candidates’ names would be a breach of their privacy.
India’s apex watchdog for the Right to Information Act has ordered the IITs to reveal the names, addresses, pin codes and marks of all students who appeared in the Joint Entrance Examination this year. In its November 6 order, the commission asked IIT Guwahati, the chief organiser among the IITs of the 2009 examination, to disclose by November 25 the information sought by the appellant. The order follows efforts by the IIT to withhold information on candidates who appeared in the 2009 JEE despite earlier orders mandating the release of similar data on IIT candidates over the past three years. The order is significant because a similar disclosure in 2006 revealed discrepancies between cutoff marks used by the IITs that year and the cutoffs arrived at by using the formula the institutes claimed to have used. At least 994 students, who cleared the cutoffs arrived at by using the formula the IITs claimed to have used, were denied admission because the institutes used different cutoffs