In an unprecedented order, the Bombay High Court on October 20 directed the NTA to conduct the National Eligibility Entrance Test (NEET) in 2018 for admission to undergraduate medical courses, to conduct new examinations for two students and announce their results. Including the original results of the test held on 12 September.
The High Court noted that before the commencement of the examination, the examination booklets and OMR sheets of two medical candidates – Vaishnavi Bhopali and Abhishek Shivaji – were mixed at the examination center and ordered that they be given new opportunities. Displayed
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A bench headed by Chief Justice NV Ramna was apprised of the urgency of the matter. Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, appearing for the NTA, said the announcement of results was being postponed due to a high court order.
The court asked the law officer to refer the case to the bench hearing these cases and if the matter was reported as new, the bench agreed to consider an emergency list.
“The announcement of NEET exam results has been postponed on the instructions of two students. I am requesting for a hearing tomorrow, ”the law officer said before a bench comprising Justices Surya Kant and Hima Kohli.
“We’ll see,” Bench said.
The NTA, in its appeal, said that the NEET (UG), 2021 exam for more than 16 lakh candidates was held on September 12, and due to the High Court order, it “could not announce their results even though it was ready to announce the same.”
“The delay in announcing the results of NEET (UG) 2021 will affect and further delay the subsequent admission process in undergraduate medical courses such as MBBS, BDS, BAMS, BSMS, BUMS and BHMS courses,” it said in the application.
According to the two students, the inspectors started distributing the examination booklets to all the students at the scheduled time of 1.50 pm.
“However, the time for distribution of examination books has come down. As a result, the test booklets and OMR sheets fell down and merged, ”the application said.
In addition to the High Court ordering a re-examination and postponing the announcement of results, the NTA “must give the petitioners a clear notice within 48 hours of the examination date and the applicant’s allotment center.”
Making it clear that the order would not be treated as a precedent, the High Court had directed the NTA that it be necessary to take part in the examination as directed in order to issue admission or permission, in advance.
The High Court said, “Respondents Nos. 1 and 2 are advised to formulate appropriate rules / guidelines to provide remedial action in case of such difficulties keeping in view the interests and future of such students in future.” .
The NEET Entrance Examination was conducted on 12 September, for 16,14,777 candidates, including 3,682 centers in 202 cities, 9,548 Center Superintendents / Deputy Superintendents, 5,615 observers, 2,69,378 inspectors and 220 City Co-ordinators, applications.
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