Supreme Court stays Madras HC order awarding grace marks to NEET students

Supreme Court stays Madras HC order awarding grace marks to NEET students

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The Madras high court order awarding 196 grace marks to over 23,000 students who wrote the NEET exam – single window entrance test for undergraduate and post graduate medical courses - in Tamil was on Friday put on hold by the Supreme Court, which accepted that the paper in vernacular language was misleading but said the solution HC offered was not appropriate.

“Yes there are errors in the paper. We understand that this was not just inaccuracy but misleading. However, this (giving grace marks) is not the solution. We cannot dole out marks like that,” justice SA Bobde said. A bench of justices Bobde and LN Rao were hearing CBSE’s appeal against the HC order and issued notice to the member of parliament, TK Rangarajan, on whose petition the grace marks were ordered.

As per the petitioner before the HC, the students who took NEET in Tamil faced 49 incorrect questions because translation of those questions from English to the vernacular language was wrong. NEET was held on May 6 in 136 cities in 11 languages and the results were announced on June 4. But counselling stopped after the HC order.

SC observed that it was not possible to provide a solution this year. But it assured that some procedure would be worked out so that students do not face problems again next year. “We acknowledge the problem but do not agree with the solution,” justice Bodbe remarked.

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