NEET 2017: Kota students divided over Madras HC’s decision to stay result
Students in Rajasthan’s Kota were divided on Thursday over the Madras high court’s instruction to the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) asking it not to publish the results of the National Eligibility and Entrance Test (NEET) 2017 till June 7.Updated: May 25, 2017 15:25 IST
Students in Rajasthan’s Kota were divided on Thursday over the Madras high court’s instruction to the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) asking it not to publish the results of the National Eligibility and Entrance Test (NEET) 2017 till June 7.
The Madurai bench of the high court was hearing a plea on Wednesday that alleged the test was not conducted in a uniform manner across the country. The plea added different sets of question papers in English and Tamil were used and that the degree of difficulty in both varied, putting many candidates at a disadvantage.
The petitioner also claimed that the Tamil question paper was easier and demanded that the NEET 2017 be cancelled and a fresh examination held with uniform question papers across the country.
Petitioners in Gujarat have also moved to Gujarat high court demanding the cancellation of NEET 2017 that was held on May 7 in which over 11.50 lakh aspirants appeared across the country.
Ayush Saini of Kota, which is known as the coaching capital of India, said the stay has put aspirants in a fix as the delay in the results would affect lakhs of students.
“NEET should not be held again as I do not think that the difficulty in examination paper of regional languages was that high,” the 19-year-old, who is expecting over 500 marks and confident of getting selected, said.
Prashant Tripathi, 19, from Uttar Pradesh’s Kanpur said there is no point in holding NEET again. “I do not see any strong case into the issue of the difficulty level of examination paper in NEET 2017 and NEET results should be declared,” he added.
However, some aspirants appeared in favour of the Madras HC’s decision.
Aahin Rawat of Khajuraho in Madhya Pradesh said there were reports of cheating during NEET in Bihar and the allegations of difference in the difficulty level of paper in regional language also exist so the Madras HC is right in ordering interim stay on NEET results.
“If any kind of anomaly has occurred in the NEET 2017 examination then it must be reconducted in the interests of aspirants,” the 17-year-old said.
Bihar’s Nitesh Chandra, 18, echoed Rawat’s views on complaints of cheating in Bihar and difficulty level of question paper in regional languages.
“Even though I will score high marks in NEET, I want NEET to be reorganised to keep cheating students away from seeking admission in medical colleges,” he said.
Coaching institutes in Kota said the Madras HC order has put NEET aspirants in a fix.
Shailendra Maheshwari, director of Career Point Institute, said students get puzzled when they hear such kind of news just days before appearing in other entrance exams. The All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) will hold its all India level undergraduate medical entrance exam on May 28.
Maheshwari said reconducting NEET is not a solution as over 11 lakh aspirants would suffer and that standardisation of the results could help.
Allen Career Institute’s Brijesh Maheshwari also admitted the decision has created a psychological pressure on the aspirants who have been eagerly waiting for the results.
“NEET is now the only medical entrance examination in the country so aspirants do not have the option of appearing in any other medical entrance exam so reorganising the NEET would only add to the financial and mental pressure on aspirants, hence, a quick decision should be taken in the interest of aspirants,” he said.
Around 60,000 students prepared for NEET under various coaching institutes in Kota.
First Published: May 25, 2017 15:25 IST