Madras High Court issues CBSE notice over plea to cancel NEET Entrance Exam – The Madras High Court has sought the stand on a plea of CBSE to cancel the National Eligibility Cum Entrance Test, (NEET) 2017 which was conducted on 7th May, for the selection of candidates for undergraduate Medical and dental courses.
A vacation bench of Justice R. Mahadevan sought the CBSE’s stand, issuing it notice on the plea by an aspiring medical students mother, who has contended that the examination breached the students right to equality under Article 14 of the constitution. The bench has also issued the notice to CBSE, slating the matter for to hear again on 24th May. The Mother of the candidate, who took the test in English language has termed the test as being violative of the Article 14, contending that all the question papers in various languages, including Hindi, English, and Tamil, were not same and not of same difficulty level.
The petitioner submitted that selection under NEET would not amount to testing equal skills. It would amount to a treatment of unequals as equals and thereby violating Article 14 of the constitution, she submitted. She submitted though the test was conducted across India in all major languages, including Tamil, English and Hindi, the question paper in English was based on the CBSE syllabus, whereas the one in Tamil was based on the state syllabus. She alleged the authorities never told the candidates who took up NEET 2017 that the question papers in different languages would not be same and that they have the discretion to frame different set of questions in different languages.
Stating that the present evaluation system is contrary and in violation of Article 14 of the constitution, the petitioner prayed for an interim injunction against the declaration of results based on the NEET examination held on 7th May and sought a direction to cancel the test. She further sought a direction to re-conduct NEET with the same set of questions of all major languages in India.