NEET UG SC hearing postponed: Social media flooded with stakeholders expressing dismay over delays in Supreme Court hearing

NEET UG 2024 hearing postponed: The Supreme Court has adjourned the NEET-UG hearing till next Thursday, July 18 to deal with complaints regarding irregularities and malpractice during this NTA exam held on May 5 this year. In line with earlier decisions of the Supreme Court, the CBI has submitted a progress report on its ongoing investigation into these matters.

On Wednesday, TOI reported that the central government filed an affidavit in the Supreme Court on July 10, a day before the hearing. The affidavit claimed that the NEET-UG 2024 exam was not plagued by “mass malpractice” or any localized group of candidates receiving undue advantage, leading to abnormal scores. The government stated that an analysis by IIT Madras found no evidence of widespread irregularities or that any specific group was unfairly favored, which could have led to unusually high scores.

According to the TOI report, the government included the IIT’s analysis in its affidavit to the court. The analysis included city-wise and center-wise data for the top 1.4 lakh ranks over two years (2023 and 2024), considering the total number of seats in the country to be around 1.1 lakh. The results indicated no evidence of widespread malpractice or that any particular group of candidates received an advantage, resulting in abnormal scores. The certificate also mentioned that the grade distribution in the exam follows a bell-shaped curve, which is typical for large-scale examinations and does not indicate any deviations.

Moreover, the Center informed the apex court through a further affidavit that the counseling process will be conducted in four rounds, with the first round starting in the third week of July.

Earlier this week, the Supreme Court expressed concern over the integrity of the NEET-UG 2024 exam. It suggested that if the question paper leak had been spread through social media platforms, a re-examination should be conducted. Emphasizing the importance of holding the authorities accountable, the court adjourned the case till July 11 and asked the CBI to submit a progress report by Wednesday.

Currently, the Supreme Court is examining over 30 petitions related to the NEET-UG examination, raising various issues, including allegations of irregularities and malpractices during the May 5 test. Some petitioners are seeking a directive to redo the review.

How stakeholders reacted to Supreme Court’s postponement of NEET UG 2024 hearing

Both stakeholders took to social media and shared their views on the delay in the Supreme Court hearing. Here are some reactions-

A user, identifying himself as a doctor and healthcare activist, commented: “The medical aspirants of India will be mild-moderate-severe beneficiaries of the paper leak?! Do we expect mild-moderate-severe quality of medical care for the citizens. . . Why, then, is quantification of “infringement of sanctity” essential to reconsideration?”

Another user, who also identifies as a doctor, remarked, “Sad and extremely painful to see everyone (ruling party, opposition, judiciary… everyone) playing with the young minds of future #Indian #doctors! People of this country will to have to pay a high price for health in the near future.”

Speaking to ANI, Tamil Nadu BJP president K Annamalai said, “IIT Madras did an inquiry into the nature of the paper leak, they are very clear that it has been stopped. It did not reach many people… The Supreme Court also mentioned a few days ago that it doesn’t appear to be a widespread leak… It’s a very localized leak that has been controlled, opposition parties’ fears can be put to rest now…”

One of the users further said that the Supreme Court has decided to adjourn the hearing of the NEET-UG 2024 case to next Thursday, July 18. “Seriously, what a mockery of the system. It needs to be fixed ASAP. R are they hiding or covering something up why do they have to move it for so long?”

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