Appeals panel will hear complaints on technical problems only
Strict procedures followed for selection of judges
List of judges being kept confidential
KOZHIKODE: A ban has been imposed on judges speaking to the press or participants at the 50th Kerala School Youth Festival. A decision to this effect was taken in a bid to prevent controversies during the festival.
Director of Public Instruction A.P.M. Mohammed Hanish, who is also the general co-ordinator of the Youth Festival, said the selection of judges was conducted following stringent procedures.
“We have tried to ensure that judges are experts in their respective fields and they have been asked to sign sworn affidavits stating they have not taught any of the participants,” said Mr. Hanish.
“Their conduct, travel and interaction with the press, participants and guardians would be monitored by DPI staff.”
Mr. Hanish said the list of judges was being kept confidential and some of them were from outside the State too.
The organisers said the decision to place curbs on judges was taken following complaints that some judges had made comments in bad taste on the merits of some participants at the recently concluded District Youth Festival at Madappally, Vadakara.
Unlike in the previous years, the Appeals Committee will only hear complaints on technical problems that affected a candidate’s performance.
The 12-member committee comprises nine eminent persons who are renowned nationally besides the DPI, the Director of Vocational Education and the Director of Higher Secondary Education.
Complaints regarding an event must be filed by the participant/team manager to the respective Deputy Director of Education at each venue within one hour of the declaration of results with a fee of Rs.1,000.
Rules for refund
Mr. Hanish said the Appeals Committee would meet everyday and attempt to resolve complaints within 24 hours of completion of the event after watching the video of the disputed events.
Minutes of the Appeal Committee meeting would be recorded and the committee will be asked to give a detailed report for a complaint. The fee collected while filing the appeal is returned to the complainant only if the Appeals Committee delivers a favourable judgement on the appeal.
Official results would be made available to the media within one hour of the tallying of marks by the judges. The result will have to be validated and signed by a member of the Programme Committee and a Deputy Director of Education present at the venue.
The result would then be taken to the Programme Committee office and recorded in a new ‘Programme Management Software’ owned by the IT@School programme.
It will then be passed on to the Publicity Committee, which will release the results to media establishments.