Common entrance test for admission into Medical & Dental courses is being conducted in Ten Languages.
On Thursday, the Apex Court pulled up CBSE (Central Board of Secondary Education) to conduct the National Eligibility & Entrance Test (NEET) in all languages across India with similar questions of the same difficulty level.
A 3 judge bench of Justice Dipak Misra, Justice Amitava Roy & Justice A M Khanwilkar asked CBSE to file an affidavit & explain as to how it proposes to have identical questions papers in all the languages.
The SC was hearing a petition filed by NGO Sankalp Charitable Trust. The plea stated that most of the regional language papers were difficult than the Hindi & English papers in the NEET 2017 examinations.
Senior Advocate Indira Jaising appeared on behalf of the NGO & cited that the ratio of students between who gave examination of NEET in English or Hindi, with those who gave it in vernacular languages & how many of them got qualified had a really huge difference.
Jaising told the bench that “The questions in vernacular languages weren’t identical to the questions in Hindi & English & this resulted in having different ratios.”
Then the bench said “The whole purpose of having a common exam gets defeated if CBSE doesn’t follow the set pattern of questions in all the languages.”
Additional Solicitor General-Maninder Singh, appearing for the CBSE admitted that questions in regional languages weren’t identical translations of the questions in English or Hindi.
Counsel appearing for the Medical Council of India too informed the SC bench that questions were prepared in English & then got translated in Hindi but for setting the questions in other regional no language experts were available & hence different questions were set but difficulty level of the questions were not set.
The bench then said, “Paper should’ve identical questions no matter what language it’s in.”
The court slated the hearing for 10th October.
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