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SC orders NEET-UG results to be declared, CBSE to do so in two weeks

The Supreme Court today issued an interim order directing the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) to declare the results of the National Eligibility and Entrance Test (NEET) Undergraduate (UG) conducted by it on May 7.
 
While doing so, the vacation bench comprising Mr. Justice Prafulla C. Pant and Mr. Justice Deepak Gupta, stayed an interim order passed by the Madurai Bench of the Madras High Court on May 24, staying the declaration of the results.
 
The CBSE, which conducts NEET, said it would declare the results by June 26 as the apex court's order. The results were originally scheduled to be declared on June 8.
 
The Supreme Court clarified that the declaration of the results and admission of students to medical colelges shall be subject to the decision of the special leave petitions on which the Madras High Court had issued its interim order.
 
The apex court also requested all High Courts not to entertain any writ petitions in the matter. The special leave petitions will now be listed before the Supreme Court immediately after the summer vacation.
 
The court noted that the counsels for the CBSE and other petitioners, who  had appealed against the Madras High Court stay, had submitted that the interim direction issued by the High Court was directly against the spirit of the order passed by the apex court whereby a schedule had been fixed for declaration of the results.
 
"In view of the above, we are inclined to pass interim order. The impugned order is stayed and it is directed that the authorities concerned may further proceed with the National Eligibility and Entrance Test (NEET) for under Graduate (UG) conducted on 07.05.2017. It is clarified that the declaration of the result and admission shall be subject to the decision of these special leave petitions. The High Courts are requested not to entertain the writ petitions in the matter.
 
"List these petitions immediately after summer vacation," the order said.
 
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NEET-UG is held by the CBSE for admission to MBBS and BDS courses in India and as many as 11.35 candidates had registered for the test this year -- the highest ever for the examination. The examination was held in 103 cities across the country.
 
The Madras High Court had stayed the declaration of the results after being told that the NEET-UG question papers in English and Hindi, on the one hand, and in eight other regional languages, on the other, were different.
 
The CBSE had prayed for an urgent hearing on its appeal, stating that the delay in declaration of results would delay the completion of admission to UG courses in medical colleges.
 
It said that it had decided to frame different question papers so that, in the event of a leak, it would not have to cancel the entire examination.
 
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