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CBSE challenges in Supreme Court Madras HC order granting extra marks to TN students

Wednesday July 18, 2018 2:17 PM, News Network

CBSE challenges Madras HC order

New Delhi: The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has challenged the Madras High Court order granting 196 grace marks to the students who appeared for National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) in Tamil language.

National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET), conducted for admission to MBBS, BDS and other medical courses, has a total of 720 marks. Madras High Court had on July 10 not only asked the CBSE to grant extra marks to Tamil students, but also directed it to release new Rank List.

The petitioner, CPM lawmaker TK Rangarajan, claimed 49 questions were wrong in the Tamil version of the NEET paper and asked that the students be given full marks on these questions. The lawmaker also contended that despite knowing that a petition on the matter was filed and was due for hearing, the CBSE had released the results.

"We found both the questions as well their answers wrong," Shaji Chellam said, citing an instance where "Cheetah was translated as Seetha in Tamil".

But, the CBSE has challenged the Madras High Court order on the ground that the original notification for the exam clearly maintained that for regional languages, in case of any discrepancy the English version would be treated as final.

The Medical Admission Counseling by Medical Counseling Committee (MCC) and Directorate of Medical Education Tamil Nadu (DME Tamil Nadu) have been suspended following the Madras High Court order.

The Directorate of Medical Education Tamil Nadu (DME Tamil Nadu) had already released Rank List based on the earlier NEET score of the students and was completing the first round of counseling when the Madras HC order was pronounced.

Likewise, the Medical Admission Counseling by Medical Counseling Committee (MCC) had also declared the Round 1 Seat Allotment result and was about to release the result of UG NEET Centralised Round 2 Seat Allotment Result. But the Medical Admission Counseling by Medical Counseling Committee (MCC) kept it in abeyance after the Madurai bench of Madras High Court order.

Students should note that the Centralised Medical Admission Counselling by the Medical Counseling Committee (MCC) and Directorate of Medical Education Tamil Nadu (DME Tamil Nadu) will be under abeyance till the matter is heared in the Supreme Court and an order or directives are pronounced.

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