CBSE moves SC for stay of HC order against publication of NEET results
The CBSE on Friday moved the Supreme Court seeking an immediate stay on the Madras High Court order restraining the publication of results of NEET 2017 for admission to MBBS and BDS courses across the country.
The high court had on May 24 granted interim stay on the publication of NEET results on a batch of pleas alleging that a uniform question paper was not given in the examination and there was a vast difference between the ones in English and in Tamil.
The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) mentioned the matter before a vacation bench comprising Justices Ashok Bhushan and Deepak Gupta and said that due to the high court's order, the entire schedule of counselling and subsequent admission for medical courses through NEET has gone "haywire".
Additional Solicitor General (ASG) Maninder Singh, representing the CBSE, told the bench that National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) examination 2017 was conducted by the board and around 12 lakh candidates have appeared in it.
The apex court said it would hear on June 12 the matter which concerns the fate of around 12 lakh aspirants for MBBS and BDS courses.
Around 10.5 lakh students have given the exam in either Hindi or English while around 1.25 lakh to 1.50 lakh students have appeared in eight vernacular languages. MPOST
Clearing NEET must for AYUSH aspirants from 2018
From next year, it will be mandatory for those seeking admission in AYUSH courses to clear the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET). The decision in this regard was taken to standardise the admission procedure and attract meritorious students into the AYUSH (ayurveda, yoga and naturopathy, unani, siddha and homoeopathy) stream.
The Centre had last year announced that admissions into AYUSH courses would be through the NEET, but could not implement it from this year after states raised objections to it. "The demand for ayurveda, homoeopathy, naturopathy and unani medicines and yoga have increased worldwide and the number of students pursuing such courses have also risen. So there is a need to maintain standard of education in this stream," Minister of State for AYUSH Shripad Yesso Naik said today. With the introduction of NEET, he said, examinations by privates entities would not be conducted to fill seats in any of the AYUSH colleges.
The Ministry of AYUSH has sent advisories to all state governments in this regard.
Ahead of International Day of Yoga (IDY) on June 21, Naik said that data showed that in the last two years, there had been a 30 per cent increase in the number of people practising yoga in India and more than 15 per cent in foreign countries. This year, the main event of IDY will be held in Lucknow, the capital of Uttar Pradesh. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, senior ministers, Uttar Pradesh chief minister and yoga gurus, along with about 51,000 people, are expected to take part.