NEET counselling 2017: The Supreme Court of India today refused to put a stay on NEET counselling and the process will take place as scheduled. National Eligibility cum Entrance Test for undergraduate admissions had been much in controversy for a long time over the declaration of results, which was finally announced on June 23, 2017. According to reports, the apex court has refused to put a stay on the ongoing counselling process of NEET and also on admission to MBBS and BDS in Medical colleges but has agreed to hear pleas against NEET.
Earlier in the day, the NEET state list for Kerala and Maharashtra were released for admission to various medical institutions in the respective states.
A three-judge bench headed by Justice Dipak Misra said it would be ‘very difficult’ to disturb the results of NEET as around 6.11 lakh candidates, out of a total of 11.35 lakh aspirants, have cleared it and the counselling process was on.
“We cannot pass an interim order like this. The admission process must continue. There are over six lakh students,” PTI quoted the bench, comprising Justices A M Khanwilkar and M M Shantanagoudar, saying.
“In any case, it is very difficult to disturb the result,” it said while refusing to accept the submission of counsel appearing for the petitioners who said that three sets of question papers were given to the candidates in the exam in Andhra Pradesh.
The counsel contended that NEET 2017 examination has to be ‘nullified’ and conducted afresh. Additional Solicitor General Maninder Singh, appearing for Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), opposed the contentions saying besides English and Hindi, the exam was conducted in eight vernacular languages for the first time.
“The level of difficulty of questions were the same in all the languages. We will put it in affidavit that there were two sets of question papers. Around 1.48 lakh candidates have given the exam in vernacular languages and it was to avoid leakage of question papers,” Singh told the bench. The petitioners argued that the all-India ranking was given in the NEET exam which postulates that every candidate should get the same question paper.
“What has been done is completely unlawful. How can there be all-India ranking when students are given different sets of question papers,” the counsel asked. However, the bench said it would first go through CBSE’s affidavit and asked the board to file it within three days.
(With inputs from agencies)