CBSE might move SC against Madras HC ruling on NEET

NEW DELHI: The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) is set to move the Supreme Court contesting the order of the Madras High Court to grant 196 marks to every candidate who took the NEET-UG in Tamil this year for errors in translation of questions from English. The HC had said all such candidates should be granted four grace marks each for errors in 49 questions.
The Board is awaiting direction from the ministry of human resource development before going ahead with the appeal. According to a ministry source, the Board is taking legal opinion and likely to move the apex court on Friday after it gets the ministry’s nod. The HRD ministry is also taking opinion of the health ministry which is involved in counselling and allotment of seats, the source said.
In CBSE’s information bulletin for NEET-2018, the source said, it was stated that candidates opting for regional languages would be provided bilingual test booklet— in selected regional language and English- and “in case of any ambiguity in translation of any of the questions, the English version of it shall be treated as final”.
Petitioner and senior CPM leader T K Rangarajan had sought full marks for the 49 questions, saying key words in the Tamil questions were wrongly translated from English and this caused confusion among the candidates. The HC bench said the students who took the NEET for admission to medical and dental colleges in Tamil should be suitably compensated to provide a level-playing ground.

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