Accept NEET fee from 38 students, Madras HC to CBSE
Chennai: The High Court of Madras recently directed the Central Board of Secondary Education to accept the fees from 38 medical aspirants, who had claimed that the payment of fees for their NEET registration could not be processed as they did not receive the One Time Password (OTP) to their respective registered mobile numbers within time.
Justice Pushpa Sathyanarayana directed the CBSE to accept the fees from the Petitioners through RTGS, demand draft, or any other means. CBSE was also directed to inform all petitioners, individually, the last date for such remittance.
Further, while lauding the initiative of conducting the examination online, the Court took note of the need to improve the infrastructure, in order to support such proposals.
The Court thereafter attributed the failure to make payment to the infrastructural deficiencies and observed, "A group of students have gone to the same internet centre to make their application form online. Though they were successful till the stage of applying and getting it registered, they were unsuccessful in completing the procedure by paying the required fees. These candidates are from different pockets of the districts in Tamil Nadu. The low internet speed and power outage are the perennial problems faced even in the Metropolitan Cities. Therefore, no malafides can be imputed to these candidates who could not remit the fees online in the absence of any alternate mode.” In the light of such findings, it directed the CBSE to permit the students to complete their applications, appear for the examination scheduled for May 7.