The Madras High Court, earlier today, granted an interim stay on the release of National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) examination results. As per an Indian Express report, a plea was filed in the court earlier demanding the cancellation of the test that was held on May 7. Putting a stay on result declaration, HC has asked the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) not to announce the results till June 7 until final orders are passed.
The report further stated that on May 22, a vacation bench of Justice R Mahadevan had sought CBSE’s stand on the plea that was filed by the mother of a medical student. The petition claimed that the examination has breached students’ right to equality under Article 14 of the Indian Constitution. The plea highlighted that the NEET 2017 exams were conducted in all major languages, but the question paper in English was based on CBSE syllabus, whereas the one in Tamil has questions from state education board syllabus.
The Indian Express further informed that the petitioner had also alleged that candidates were not informed about the difference in question papers for different languages and that they have the discretion to frame different set of questions for different languages. In the petition it is also requested to re-conduct the NEET examination with uniform set of questions in all languages.
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The NEET 2017 examinations were conducted on May 7 for admissions to MBBS and BDS courses. As many as 11 lakh candidates appeared for the exam conducted in 104 cities of the country.
Apart from the aforementioned irregularities, the examination also made headline after several female students, who appeared for the exam in Kannur in UP, claimed that they had to remove innerwear before entering the examination hall. Speaking to IANS, a father who came to drop his daughter at the examination centre said, “She was wearing jeans. Since it had pockets and metal buttons, they needed to be removed. I went to a shop about three kilometre away from the exam centre and bought a new dress for her after getting the shop opened.”