Madras HC has directed CBSE to re-allocate NEET examination centres for Tamil Nadu candidates.
30 April 2018: The Madras High Court has directed the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) to re-allot the examination centres for the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET). This has to be done for the candidates belonging to Tamil Nadu who have been allocated exam centres in other states.
As per the HC’s order, the exam centres for NEET 2018 should be allocated near candidates’ place of residence or at least in the nearest state.
Candidates facing similar problems of getting NEET exam centres outside their home state can apply for seat allotment again.
This directive came after a PIL was filed by lawyer S Kalimuthu Mylavan. As per the Public Interest Litigation, the candidates belonging to Tamil Nadu have entitled centres in other states unlike mentioned earlier in their applications. The petition also states that most of the candidates are from rural areas and belong to poor families so they can’t afford to travel to other states.
Mr Mylavan has requested the court to reverse the Public Notice issued by the CBSE on 18 April stating that “No change in the centre or centre city could be done in any case,” and direct the board to make re-allotment.
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What the Bench of Judges said?
The bench of judges said, "Because of allotment of exam centres in other states, the candidates will have to travel a long distance and there will be financial implications on them"
It further added, "We direct the CBSE that in respect of the candidates who have been allotted centres in Kerala, Rajasthan or other faraway places or in other states, (they) shall be allotted centres adjacent to their place of residence or at least in Tamil Nadu at the earliest"
The bench has directed the CBSE, exam conducting authority, to intimate the revised allotment through its official website or newspaper.
NEET 2018 exam is scheduled to be conducted on 06 May 2018 (Sunday)