The Supreme Court has also barred the high courts in the country from entertaining petitions on NEET Results 2017
NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court today directed the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) to declare National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) results. The results are likely to be announced within 10 days. The Central Board of Secondary Education had approached the top court regarding the declaration of results which had been put on hold by the Madras High Court on May 24 after complaints from students from different states who claimed that though the question papers were the same in English and Hindi, the Central Board of Secondary Education had different sets for aspirants writing the test in vernacular languages.
- The CBSE can initiate the admission process, the top court said.
- In a stern tone, the vacation bench of Justice Prafulla C. Pant and Justice Deepak Gupta also barred the high courts in the country from entertaining any petition on NEET results 2017, the entrance examination to the country’s medical colleges.
- “High courts shouldn’t have interfered as it affects the schedule of the admission,” they said.
- The results for the NEET exam, which was conducted on May 7, were put on hold by the Madras court after a medical aspirant pleaded that the question paper for vernacular languages in the national level exam wasn’t uniform.
- The West Bengal government had complained to the Union education ministry that NEET questions in Bengali were tougher than in English. “Questions were supposed to be identical… Questions set in English were easier,” West Bengal education minister Partha Chatterjee told reporters.
- The Supreme Court, which had earlier dismissed to hear any plea from CBSE, agreed after Additional Solicitor General Maninder Singh, who is representing the CBSE, requested for an urgent hearing.
- The Supreme Court will also examine whether there should be uniformity in English and vernacular question papers for NEET.
- The common entrance exam, initially held in 2013, was touted as the answer to end multiple entrance exams and complaints of corruption in admissions to medical colleges.
- A total of 11,38,890 students appeared for the exam including 1,522 non-resident Indians and 613 foreign nationals. The NEET 2017 was conducted for 65,000 MBBS and 25,000 BDS seats.
- Apart from English and Hindi, it was held in 10 languages, including Bengali, Tamil, Telugu, Marathi, Assamese, Gujarati, Oriya and Kannada.