SC sets aside Madurai HC’s order banning publishing results of NEET exam

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The Supreme Court of India has set aside an order by the Madurai Bench of the Chennai High Court putting on hold the publishing of results of common NEET exam for country-wide admission of students in medical colleges and institutions.

The Centre had made appearing for NEET (National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test) mandatory for gaining admission to medical colleges to make such admissions uniform. Govt. of Tamil Nadu passed a resolution in the State Assembly seeking exemption of Tamil Nadu students from appearing for NEET. An emergency Act in this regard has also been sent for Presidential approval.

In the meantime, NEET was held on 07th May which was attended by 18.34 lakhs students across the country. Tamil Nadu and Pondicherry alone accounted for more than 88,000 students. The results were to be published on 08th June but a case was filed with the Madurai HC stating that the questions were biased in languages other than English, making it easy for Hindi-speaking students.

Taking up the petition, the Madurai HC stayed the publication of results which was challenged by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) which preferred an appeal with the Supreme Court. When the appeal was taken up yesterday, the apex Court vacated the Madurai HC’s order banning publication of results, paving way for results to be announced soon on a date as determined by the CBSE.

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