NEET 2017: Kota aspirants divided as result put on hold
A series of cases filed in courts across the country demanding the cancellation of the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) 2017 and a fresh exam has the aspirants in a quandaryjaipur Updated: May 25, 2017 20:31 IST
A series of cases filed in courts across the country demanding the cancellation of the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) 2017 and a fresh exam has the aspirants in a quandary.
The Supreme Court Thursday refused to give an urgent hearing to a plea filed by an NGO seeking cancellation of NEET. The NGO claimed that the question papers were leaked in Bihar and thus CBI should probe the matter. The apex court, however, said that the Madras High Court was already hearing the matter.
The Madras high court had on Wednesday directed the CBSE not to publish till June 7 the results for admission to MBBS and BDS courses on a plea that the question papers in English and Tamil languages were different instead of being uniform. Meanwhile, a group parents have also moved the Gujarat high court seeking fresh exam. They too have contended that the question paper in Gujarati was more difficult than those in English.
The NEET 2017 was held on May 7 in 10 languages. Over 11.50 lakh aspirants appeared for the exam.
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 was no point in holding NEET again. “I do not see any strong case in the issue of the difficulty level being different in the question papers in different languages. The results should be declared,” he added.
However, some aspirants, like Aahin Rawat of Khajuraho in Madhya Pradesh, appeared in favour of the Madras HC’s decision
“If any kind of anomaly has occurred, then NEET must be reconducted in the interests of aspirants,” the 17-year-old said.
Bihar’s Nitesh Chandra, 18, echoed Rawat. “Even though I am confident of a high score, I want the NEET to be reorganised to keep those who used unfair means away from getting 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 aspirants get worried when they hear such news just days before 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 batted for standardisation of the results instead of fresh exam.
Allen Career Institute’s Brijesh Maheshwari too said that Madras HC’s decision has created a psychological pressure on the aspirants who have been eagerly waiting for the results.
“Reorganising the NEET would only add to the financial and mental pressure on aspirants. A quick decision should be taken in their interest,” he said.
Around 60,000 students prepared for NEET under various coaching institutes in Kota.
First Published: May 25, 2017 20:31 IST