Last month, the Madras High Court had put a stay on the release of NEET 2017 results, directing the Medical Council of India, Health Ministry and the board to file counter affidavits. The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) today moved the Supreme Court seeking an immediate stay on the Madras HC’s order restraining the publication of results for admission to MBBS and BDS courses across the country.
On May 24, the High Court had 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.
Court’s order hampering the admission process
The CBSE mentioned the matter before a vacation bench comprising Justices Ashok Bhushan and Deepak Gupta and said that due to the court’s order, the entire schedule of counselling and subsequent admission for medical courses through NEET has gone “haywire”.’
The matter which concerns the fate of around 12 lakh aspirants will now be heard by the apex court on June 12.
Around 10.5 lakh students have given the exam in either Hindi or English while around 1.25 lakh to 1.50 lakh students have appeared in eight vernacular languages.
Singh told the apex court that a number of pleas have been filed in various high courts in NEET-related matters and high courts have entertained these petitions despite the apex court’s order that no other court shall hear such matters.
(Read: CBSE NEET Results 2017: Where to check the results)
He also sought transfer of petitions from various high courts to the apex court which concerns the NEET for the academic year 2017-18.
Singh said 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.
Petitioners demand cancellation of NEET 2017
The petitioners before the high court have demanded that the NEET 2017 be cancelled and a fresh exam with a uniform question paper be conducted. They have claimed that different sets of question paper had been used at various places, though a common syllabus had been announced.
The exam consisted of 180 objective type questions (four options with single correct answer) from physics, chemistry and biology (botany and zoology). The duration of the exam was three hours.