New Delhi, Feb 17: The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) have asked Tripura government to pay monetary relief of Rs 2 lakh each to 15 tribal students, who were not able to write a competitive examination in 2017 due to “negligence” of school authorities. Also Read - CBSE Results 2020: Class 12 Compartment Exam Results to Be Declared by October 10

The commission recommended providing free coaching to students of Eklavya Model Residential School for National Eligibility and Entrance Test (NEET) 2018. The students could not write the NEET last year. Also Read - Inspiring! Meerut Woman Who Left Home To Avoid Forced Marriage Returns As PCS Officer 7 Years Later

The commission statement said that strict action will be taken against the principal and teachers by the state government. The state government needed to pay monetary relief also to the victim students for the loss of one academic year, in addition to free coaching. Also Read - Kolkata Metro Resumes Operations After 176-Day Hiatus: Only Smart Cards Allowed, No Services On Sundays

It was found during the inquiry that principal and teacher had filled online application form of the tribal students, but failed to remit the requisite fee within the stipulated time. Hence, the students could not appear for the exam.

When the issue came to the knowledge of the Tribal Welfare Department, it approached the CBSE but it was too late for them to accept their request. Action against the negligent principal and the teacher had been taken and disciplinary proceedings were initiated against them.

The National Eligibility cum Entrance Test or NEET-UG is an entrance examination in India, for students who wish to study any graduate medical course (MBBS/ dental course (BDS) or postgraduate course (MD / MS) in government or private medical colleges in India. NEET-UG (Undergraduate), for MBBS and BDS courses, are conducted by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE).