Chennai, May 4: The Supreme Court on Thursday stayed a Madras High Court direction that asked Central Board of Secondary Education to set up more examination centres in Tamil Nadu for the upcoming medical test on Sunday i.e. May 6. This comes as a bad news for the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) aspirants from Tamil Nadu as they will have to travel all the way to Kerala for the test.

The apex court accepted CBSE’ plea that exam centres cannot be established within the given time. Around 1000 to 1500 students will have to go to Ernakulam and other centres in Kerala to appear for the NEET UG exam.

In another incident, the Delhi High Court on May 3 allowed Sikh MBBS aspirants to wear traditional ‘kirpan’ or ‘kara’  inside the examination hall.  CBSE cannot prohibit entry of these “articles of faith” in an exam centre when these objects are allowed even onboard an aircraft.

A bench of justices S Ravindra Bhat and A K Chawla rejected the Central Board of Secondary Education’s claim that these items, along with all other metallic objects, were barred from entry on account of use of unfair means in the exam in the past, saying such a prohibition cannot be put in place on the basis of a “vague apprehension”.

The plea was moved in the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee ’s main petition filed in 2017, challenging the CBSE’s rule banning entry of metallic objects, including ‘kara’ and ‘kirpan’, into the exam halls.

(With inputs from PTI)