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Calcutta HC reprimands Centre, CBSE over NEET Bengali paper fiasco

Kolkata: The Calcutta High Court has reprimanded the Centre and Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) for the huge number of mistakes in the Bengali translation of National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) question paper this year.
The court asked the Centre to reserve a seat for the medical aspirant who moved the petition in the court.
NEET is the national level single medical entrance test conducted by the CBSE throughout the state. There was a hue and cry across the state after thousands of medical aspirants appearing for the examination in Bengali faced difficulties as most the paper translated in Bengali were full of errors.
In a major development, the Calcutta High Court has instructed the Centre and CBSE to reserve a seat for Apala Debnath who moved a Writ petition seeking its intervention. The errors in the question paper were also brought to the notice of the court.
After listening to the plea, the Calcutta High Court also sought clarification from the CBSE in connection with the errors.
The development took place after a writ petition was filed in the Calcutta High Court pointing out the errors in the Bengali translation of the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) question paper. Apala Debnath,
filed the petition.
The petitioner pointed out that there were as many as 180 mistakes in 180 questions in the Bengali version of the NEET question paper.
The medical aspirants, who appeared for the examination with Bengali as the medium, could not attend the question paper as it was full of errors and ambiguity.
In many questions, the translation was incomplete.
Md Alauddin Mandal, a lawyer who helped Apala move the Writ petition in the court said: "The CBSE should conduct a reexamination or give grace marks to the candidates who faced inconvenience due to the question
paper mistakes.
Neither the Centre nor the CBSE has taken any initiatives in this regard, even after Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee wrote to the Union Human Resources Development Ministry urging them for a re-examination.
Some city doctors also wrote to the Prime Minister and Union health minister seeking their intervention in this regard.

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