[AI] Examinations

Ketan Kothari muktaketan at gmail.com
Sun Sep 5 03:01:16 EDT 2010

Dear Kanchan,

At the outset I apologize for not reacting earlier.

I have following to say:

VI students should be allowed the use of assistive devices like abacus, 
Taylor frame etc. for arithmetic/mathematic questions as these are mere 
tools and not the devices that solve the sums.

The invigilation should be emphasized rather than qualifications of the 

School children should in no circumstances be compeled to take a junior 
scribe, it is extremely harmful to them if they are to search for a scribe 
till the last moment and not get a scribe.  We have to remember that 
blindness is in no circumstances a punishment.

No bar of percentage etc. be laid down on the scribe.

The problems of science and mathematics being technical subjects also 
applies to music as Mukta's experience shows me that musical exams can only 
be written by those who are familiar with musical notation.  Our guidelines 
should also be expressly applicable to universities/examination bodies 
conducting musical exams.

In fact, Kanchan, while laying down the applicability criterion, we must 
give a list that is inclusive and has an option of adding more and more 
examinations/bodies conducting these examinations.

Shall revert if something more comes to mind.
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Pamnani" <kanchanpamnani at hotmail.com>
To: <accessindia at accessindia.org.in>
Sent: Thursday, September 02, 2010 4:28 PM
Subject: [AI] Examinations

> Most of you know that I have been working on the guidelines for 
> examinations especially the issue of scribes for some time.
> All of us have realised the need for standard guidelines in the country. 
> After the maharashtra guidelines were issued many of you approached me and 
> have been approaching me regularly for All India guidelines.  Therefore it 
> is time to act.
> I have based my work on the:
> 1. Guidelines in Maharashtra
> 2. Minutes of meeting held in2008
> 3. Judgement in Asif's case
> 4. University of Bombay's circular on psychology
> I need to know from each of you as to what you want in the new Rules. What 
> you want to safe guard against,What you want the Examination authority to 
> take care of and what will be the visually challenged's responsibility. 
> Anything that I should take into account especially for any particular 
> exam. Please ask for the moon we just might get it of course be practical. 
> Think of all the variations and combinations and complications that 
> someone somewhere may face.  Thats why I am still on this group.
> I cannot take care of the idiot who denies the rules but I can ensure good 
> rules on paper at least. So lets go for it. Please dont send me a list of 
> what happened in the past I cant rectify it but I can see that it does not 
> happen again. So requesting for some input.
> The new rules will apply to :
> 1. All recruiting exams
> 2. All college and school exams
> 3. All entrance exams
> 4. any other exam that I have forgotten
> Looking forward to your inputs
> Thanks
> Kanchan
> Kanchan Pamnani
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