Patna High Court on Friday upheld the single bench order directing the state government to hold fresh examination of Industrial Training Institutes (ITIs).
A division bench, in its order, said the state government was correct in its decision to cancel the examination after allegations of irregularities surfaced during the test that was held between July 11 and 31, 2013.
During the hearing, the court was informed that National Council for Vocational Training has already announced new dates to conduct fresh examination. It would be conducted from January 20 to 29 across the state.
The court said the examination was rightly cancelled as there were irregularities during the evaluations and fresh dates have already been announced.
The direction was passed against appeals filed by students and some of the institutes challenging the single bench order that upheld the government’s decision to hold fresh examination for 50,000 ITI students.
On September 20, 2013, the single bench had upheld the state government’s decision to cancel the ITI final examination and directed it to hold a fresh test. Around 50,000 students of 410 ITIs, both public and private, appeared for the examination at 39 centres across the state from July 11-31, 2013.
Advocate Vijay Kumar Singh, who appeared for the petitioner, had contended that the state government had cancelled the examination on August 10, 2013, without giving any reason.
Seeking quashing of the letter issued by the state’s labour department to conduct fresh examination, Singh said the fate of the students depended on the test as they would be awarded certificates after successful completion of the course.
Countering the petitioners’ contention, the state government contended that the examination was not conducted in a fair manner, which was evident from the fact that the seals of question papers at Supaul and Araria were broken and FIRs were lodged for malpractices in Munger, Darbhanga and Nawada.