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Protests Against CAT 2009

The protests against CAT are still on and students are determined to undo the wrongs which they feel they have been inflicted upon them. CAT 2009 was marred with technical glitches and had to be conducted in two phases this year to accommodate the thousands of students who could not take it in the first attempt due to various reasons – hung and restarting computers, power cuts, database problems, questions not showing up properly, premature ends to tests and a lot more.

The group of students, from BITS Pilani, IIT and corporates came together to file a petition in the Delhi High Court, which was rejected on 3 April. They have now decided to file a special leave petition (SLP) in the Supreme Court, in the course of this week. “We are waiting for more petitioners, and once we get that, we will move to the SC and file a petition,” says Lolit Sahu, one of the team members. Although they are a bit late (IIM Calcutta is already out with its shortlist), the team feels that there is merit in their petition, and hope that the judge sees this and takes necessary action.

There are basically three ways in which one can help – as a petitioner, supporter, or a back-end facilitator. There are different responsibilities for each and you can assume them according to your convenience.

You can go to www.protestagainstcat2009.org to register for the petition.

-Saurabh Datar

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