196 marks awarded to students who took NEET in Tamil
The Madras High Court has ordered CBSE to add additional marks to candidates who have written in Tamil Nadu for the entrance examination (NEET). The court has made it clear that these grace marks are due to the mistakes made by Neet in Tamil question paper.
Recently Neet results revealed. However, CPM leader TK Rangarajan filed a petition in the Madras High Court about 49 questions questioned in the Tamil language are mistakes. In his petition, he said, “These mistakes have been made when translated from English to Tamil. And asked marks for those questions.”
After the judgement came in, CPI (M) MP TK Rangarajan – the petitioner in the case – told TNM that students who are aggrieved by NEET’s mistranslation had been vindicated. “The court has asked for 4 grace marks to be given per mistranslated question which is 196 marks for 49 questions. As I am an MP, members of the Students Federation of India and many others had approached me and so I decided to go to court,” Rangarajan said.
It is noteworthy that the CBSE Neet’s results revealed when the petition is under investigation. Regarding this, The court issued a notice to both CBSE and the TN government back in June, and later said, “Why is there an ambiguity? If there is a Tamil version of the NEET question paper, why should the Tamil medium students rely on the English version of the questions.”
“This (ambiguity in translation) seems to be an escape clause on the cost of the students,” the Judges reportedly said and asked why Tamil medium students were being judged on their proficiency in English.
The Madras High Court, which has initiated an inquiry into Rangarajan petition, ordered the CBSE to add 196 Grace marks to all the candidates who attended the examination in Tamil. After the marks have been added, it is advisable to release the list of ranks again. HC also cleared that medical course counseling should stop still the time.
In Tamil Nadu, 1,14,602 students gave the NEET this year, of whom 45,336 students (39.6%) qualified. Of the 1.14 lakh students who gave the exam though, only 9154 were from TN government and aided schools – and only 1,337 of them qualified. That is, only 14.6% of medical aspirants from government and aided schools made it through, compared to 41.72% students from private schools.