Not attainable to carry NEET abroad, NTA tells SC

Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 13

It’s not attainable to carry NEET abroad because the examination is carried out in “paper book format”, the National Testing Agency that holds the check informed the Supreme Court on Thursday.

In an affidavit filed within the Supreme Court, NTA identified that “…NEET (UG) has to be conducted in single shift at the same time, on the same day to maintain uniformity and, further, the questions papers and other exam materials are to be transported from NTA headquarters to a large number of examination centres in various cities, which would require meticulous planning for safe and secured delivery of the same at the examination centres on time.”

The affidavit has been filed in response to a petition filed by dad and mom of candidates for NEET (UG) 2020 working in Qatar.

The Supreme Court has final month issued discover to the Centre, MCI and NTA on their petition difficult a Kerala High Court order dismissing their demand for allotment of NEET centres in Gulf area. 

NTA asserted that the way wherein examinations needed to be carried out was a coverage choice purely inside the area of the analyzing physique viz., Medical Council of India (MCI) and if examination centres must be supplied in overseas nations was for the MCI to resolve.

There was nothing on document to point out that the MCI’s choice was “arbitrary or illegal”, it stated.

Last month, a Bench headed by Justice LN Rao had requested the Centre, MCI and NTA to answer the petition which demanded that if it was not attainable to have NEET examination centres overseas the check must be postponed till the COVID19 disaster was over.

Filed by Abdul Azeez, normal secretary, Kerala Muslim Culture Centre, Qatar, the PIL submitted that there have been 4,000 such college students registered with NEET-UG from Qatar who confronted issues in getting their paperwork attested from Indian Embassy in Qatar.

This 12 months’s NEET was scheduled in May however as a result of pandemic, it was rescheduled to July 26 after which to September 13. It can be carried out by National Testing Agency (NTA) in pen and paper-based mode. 

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