The High Court recently ordered the Calicut University to pay Rs one lakh as compensation with interest to a student for the unexplained, inordinate delay in publishing the exam result.

Prebin, when he was studying for a degree course in Victoria College, Palakkad, had to face an ordeal when his exam result of second language Hindi was not published on time. It took three years for the publication of the result and he was put to irreparable mental agony and hardship.

His answer paper was misplaced. The College Principal informed the University that it was duly forwarded to it, but the University denied receiving the papers.

The Palakkad Sub Court ordered compensation for the student for the hardship he suffered. The order was upheld by the High Court, dismissing the appeal filed by the University.  The Court found that it was the fault of the University which misplaced the answer sheets.

The incident pertains to 2006. The Court pointed out that the student is already an impaired person and that he was trying to make out a living by obtaining a degree. This was hampered by the University by not completing the evaluation on time.

The delay in finding the misplaced answer sheet and evaluating the same had caused severe mental agony to the student. The delay caused certainly cannot be calculated in terms of money, but the quantum of damage can be assessed.

The Courts are bound to make assessment through legally sustainable process of estimation as to the amount but ensuing it to be not unreasonable, the High Court said.  

The compensation awarded by the Sub Court Palakkad is not at all excessive, the High Court observed. The University is free to recover the entire amount from the officials found guilty, High Court has ordered.

For that the University will have to make an enquiry. The High Court had observed that the answer paper was solely in the custody of the University.