On Thursday, the Supreme Court will hear a petition over the Tamil Nadu government order which allows 85% reservation to students studied in State Board and also Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) students. This petition also challenges the state government’s reservation to only 15% seats for students outside State Board post National Eligibility and Entrance Test (NEET).
As per ANI reports, on May 20, after the Madras High Court sought the stand of Union health secretary, among others, on a plea for cancellation of the NEET 2017 for admissions to MBBS and BDS courses, former Tamil Nadu chief minister O. Panneerselvam on Saturday demanded 50% reservation quota to students who will be appearing for NEET this year.
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“NEET entrance exam is another big issue that needs to be discussed soon for the students who are soon to appear. I request the Union to help the Tamil Nadu government in solving this issue. We also demand 50 percent reservation quota to students who would be appearing in NEET this year”, Panneerselvam said. While on May 19, Justice N. Seshasayee of the Madurai bench of the court sought replies to the issues raised by the petitioners for cancellation of the test conducted on May 7, 2017.
The petitioners argued that the NEET exam was not conducted in a uniform manner across the country. They argued that different sets of question papers had been used in different places in the country, though uniform syllabus had been announced.
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In Tamil Nadu, different set of questions were given for those who opted for English and Tamil respectively, the petitioners submitted and said the Tamil question paper was easier. “One India, one question paper in NEET is a must; otherwise the scaling of intelligence and aptitude would differ.
Hence, NEET examination should be cancelled and fresh examination with uniform question papers be conducted,” the petitioners submitted.