MADURAI: The Madurai Bench of the Madras High Court directed the Central Board of Secondary Education, Central and State governments to file a counter on a petition filed by T K Rangarajan (Member of Parliament), praying to award 196 grace marks to the students, who took National eligibility Test-cum-Entrance Test in Tamil, following disparities and errors in the Tamil translation of the question paper.
Rajya Sabha member T K Rangarajan, in his public interest litigation, submitted that Tamil question papers given to the National eligibility Test-cum-Entrance Test aspirants had disparities in their English translation versions.
Pointing out the errors in the translations of 49 questions in Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Senior Counsel N G R Prasad, who appeared on behalf of the petitioner, argued that the students who took the exams in Tamil would clearly be affected due to negative marking due to errors made by the Central Board of Secondary Education.
Hence, he prayed the Court for a direction to the Central Board of Secondary Education award 196 marks for the erroneous questions. Rejecting the contentions of the government advocate that the students who applied for the exams has agreed that the decision of CBSE was final in regard to the National eligibility Test-cum-Entrance Test result, and if there was any ambiguity in regional language translation, the English version would be final, the judges said that it cannot be left as such to convey the sense that CBSE cannot be questioned.
The judges directed the Central Board of Secondary Education, Central and State governments to file its counter and adjourned the case to June 27 for final disposal.