NEET 2017: CBSE Plea on Declaration of Result in Supreme Court Today
Around 10.5 lakh students appeared for the exam in either Hindi or English while around 1.25 lakh to 1.50 lakh students appeared in eight vernacular languages.(Representative image/PTI Photo)
New Delhi: The Supreme Court will on Monday hear a plea by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) for the declaration of the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) result which had earlier been put on hold by the Madras High Court.
An apex court vacation bench of Justice Ashok Bhushan and Justice Deepak Gupta will also hear the plea for the transfer of the NEET cases pending in the Madras and Gujarat High Courts.
The CBSE had on June 9 moved the top court seeking an immediate stay on the Madras High Court order restraining the publication of NEET 2017 results for admission to MBBS and BDS courses across the country. The high court had on May 24 granted interim stay on the publication of NEET results on a batch of pleas alleging that a uniform question paper was not given in the examination and there was a vast difference between the ones in English and in Tamil. The NEET examination for admission to undergraduate medical and dental courses was held on May 7.
Besides the CBSE, two students have also moved the Supreme Court to challenge the May 24 order, contending that the future of 12 lakh NEET candidates is uncertain and there was apprehension of loss of one semester in the MBBS courses due to delay in admissions.
There are 56,000 MBBS/BDS seats across the country, said petitioners Namita Sibal and Apoorva Atul Joshi, who are represented by lawyer Vivek Singh. While Apoorva has herself appeared in NEET's undergraduate court exam 2017, Namita Sibal is the mother of another NEET candidate.
The petitioners told the top court that as per its orders of April 28, 2016, and March 31, 2017, all matters relating to NEET arising from its orders could only be brought before the Supreme Court.
Around 10.5 lakh students appeared for the exam in either Hindi or English while around 1.25 lakh to 1.50 lakh students appeared in eight vernacular languages.
Additional Solicitor General (ASG) Maninder Singh, representing the CBSE, told the top court that the challenge to the different sets of questions in vernacular languages were on wrong assumptions that they were difficult as the experts had examined that they were different from those in English or Hindi medium but the level of difficulty cannot be said to be different.
He said that questions were different to keep the larger interest protected on the ground that if there was a leakage of a set of paper in a vernacular language, the majority of students would be protected as candidates appearing in any particular language were less than those opting for English or Hindi.
The Madras High Court had also directed the Medical Council of India, the director of CBSE and the Union Health Ministry to file counter affidavits on these pleas pending before it.
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