NHRC notice to CBSE, Tamil Nadu on NEET examinations outside state

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Over 13 lakh candidates appeared for the national medical entrance exam NEET held on May 6 at 2,225 centres across the country with authorities conducting stringent checks on dress code to avoid any malpractice during the examination. Girls were asked not tie their hair and even asked to remove their anklets. But at the exam centre, we were supplied question papers in English and Hindi. Amid this chaos, anxious aspirants complained of a tough physics as compared to Biology, which most claimed was a cakewalk. Physics paper was tough, as several questions needed lengthy calculations.

Maharashtra saw the highest number of candidates for NEET exam 2018 as over 183,000 students registered for the exam.

Kerala government had opened help desks at railway stations and bus stands to provide information and other guidance to candidates arriving from Tamil Nadu.

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It may be recalled that Tamil Nadu had past year passed bills in the Assembly which sought to continue admission to medical courses based on plus two (Class 12) marks. "The Commission has observed that the contents of media report, if true, raise a serious issue of violation of human rights", the NHRC said in a statement. Chief Minister of Kerala, Pinarayi Vijayan on tweeted on Friday. In a press release, the NHRC stated that students are under vast pressure due to the exams and that it was the state's responsibility to ensure that the process went smoothly.

"Those indulging in corruption are building a memorial for an accused", he said reacting to the move by the Tamil Nadu government to erect a memorial for the former Chief Minister at a cost of Rs 50 crore".

The methods used for frisking the students made it look as if Tamil Nadu students indulged in malpractices during exams, he told reporters after overseeing development works in his Kolathur assembly constituency. The CBSE has issued strict guidelines and dos and don'ts for those appearing for the test. Candidates have been asked not to carry stationery items like bits of paper, geometry box, pencil box, plastic pouch, pen scale, writing pad, eraser, mobile phone, blue tooth inside the examination hall.