NTA challenge the Madurai HC orders – The National Testing Agency (NTA) which is an autonomous body under the Govt of India, recently filed an appeal before the Madurai bench which is under Madras High Court challenging the order passed by the Court where the latter had passed an order last month directing the NTA to revise a medical aspirant’s community rank.
NTA is a premier testing agency which was constituted two years back exclusively for conducting several entrance exams for admission into different UG as well as PG courses. It had conducted NEET 2019 on May 5, 2019.
The plea before Madras HC is being represented by its Senior Director as well as the Chairperson. They have pleaded that this order was passed without giving an opportunity to the agency in order to submit the contentions from their sides. The bench comprising of Jus. Senthilkumar Ramamurthy and Jus. K Ravichandra Babu have adjourned this case until the next week.
An official from NTA while speaking to the media has stated that the medical aspirant who had been identified as Vikram Balaji from Tamilnadu’s Theni was given ample time to make the required corrections in the category of community. According to the student, his school had wrongly mentioned his category as Other Backward Caste (OBC) instead of Scheduled Caste (SC) which is his actual caste. Even though the student was provided by NTA to make the necessary corrections, still he failed to do the same till the last moment
In its plea, the NTA has also stated that the court had failed to notice this fact that if NTA makes a last minute change in the ranking, then it will cause repercussions in the ranking of all the students who have been given ranking in the said category. The agency requested the court to set aside its order.