NHRC notices to the Government of Tamil Nadu and Central Board of Secondary Education over reports of hardships to students writing NEET (07.05.2018)


New Delhi, 7th May, 2018
The National Human Rights Commission, NHRC has taken suo motu cognizance of a media report alleging a lot of hardships to the young students, who had to travel across their State to write their National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) organized by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE). In one such incident a 46-year-old man from Tamil Nadu, who had to travel a long distance of 500 Km with his son to appear in NEET at a centre in Kerala, died due to cardiac arrest on Sunday.

The Commission has observed that the contents of media report, if true, raise a serious issue of violation of human rights. The students pass through tremendous pressure due to examination; it is the duty of the State to ensure that they should not be subjected to any kind of discomfort, while they are appearing for the entrance examinations. It appears that the State Government and the CBSE authorities have failed to provide examination centres to the aspirants within the State, resulting in hardships not only to the students but also their parents.

Accordingly, the Commission has issued notices to the Chairperson, Central Board of Secondary Education and the Chief Secretary, Government of Tamil Nadu calling for a detailed report in the matter explaining as to why the students had to travel across the State to appear in the examination. The Commission would also like to know as to what steps are being taken by both the authorities to ensure that such incidents do not recur in future.

According to the media report, carried today on the 7th May, 2018, a statement issued by the CBSE says that at least 3,685 medical aspirants from Tamil Nadu had to travel out of State to take the exam. However, as per news report, the CBSE and the NEET authorities have not commented why they failed to create enough exam centres within Tamil Nadu. It is also mentioned in the news report that the Tamil Nadu State Government had announced on the 5th May, 2018 that every student from Tamil Nadu, who travelled to other state to appear for the NEET, will be given train fair in addition to monetary assistance of Rs. 1,000/- per candidate.