Pradeep Singh

Bhubaneswar/Chennai: At a time when the issues of granting 196 to all students who appeared for National Entrance-cum-Eligibility Test (NEET) in Tamil is still pending in the Supreme Court, the Centre has now passed the buck on the Tamil Nadu government for the problems being faced by students.

Human Resource Development Minister Prakash Javadekar, while replying to a question raised by AIADMK member Vijila Sathyananth (blaming the CBSE for the ambiguity) in the Rajya Sabha on Thursday, said:

"Since this matter is in the court, I won't say much. This translation was done by Tamil Nadu officials. Next year, we will take measures."

“Javadekar rightly said the government will take care next year. But who will mend the present situation when the future of our students is already at stake,” rued parents.

Venting anger on the Board, a parent of an NEET aspirant said:

“The CBSE is no longer a competent authority to conduct any exam- leakage in Plus 2 exam, 10th exam and now the mismanagement. Instead of taking measures to fix the issue, the government is always seen trying to shield the officials and others involved.”

It is worth mentioning that the CBSE has moved the SC against the order of the Madras High Court granting grace marks to those who wrote this year’s NEET exam in Tamil.

The Madurai bench of the Madras High Court had on July 10, while hearing the petitioner of senior CPI (M) leader and Rajya Sabha MP T K Rangarajan on the issue, ordered the CBSE to grant 196 marks saying that the key words in Tamil questions for the NEET were wrongly translated from English causing confusion among the students.

There were 180 questions carrying 720 marks in total in the NEET.

In Tamil Nadu, about 1.07 lakh candidates took the test across 170 centres in 10 cities.

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