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SC tells CBSE: Set common NEET question papers in regional languages

The Supreme Court has asked CBSE to make common examination papers for NEET in all languages.

A three-judge Supreme Court bench comprising of Justice Dipal Mishra, Justice Amitava Roy and Justice A.M. Khanwilkar asked the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) to file an affidavit to explain how it would have a common examination paper for National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) in Hindi, English and different regional languages. 

On Thursday, the apex court asked Additional Solicitor General Maninder Singh, who was appearing for CBSE to file an affidavit and posted the matter for hearing on October 10. 

Besides Hindi and English, the NEET exam was conducted in 8 regional languages. The counsel for CBSE told the apex bench that even if the NEET examination papers were not identical translations of the questions in Hindi and English, the difficulty level for the papers in vernacular languages was the same.
Senior Advocate Indira Jaising, who appeared for the petitioner argued that the question papers in regional languages were completely different from the Hindi and English papers. Understanding the delicate situation, the Supreme Court refused to nullify the NEET 2017 examination observing that such action would affect more than 6 lakh candidates who passed the exam to join Medical and Dental Courses.

Earlier, the apex court stayed the Madras High Court order on June 12, which restrained CBSE from publishing the NEET 2017 results. 

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Aditya Abhyankar
Published on 11-Aug-17