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The panel of names proposed by Smriti Irani-led HRD Ministry for the post of Chairman of Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has been rejected by the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC).

The Cabinet secretary had allegedly raised objections regarding the “experience criteria” that has been adopted in selecting them. The decision to scrap this panel of names was taken by ACC’s search-cum-selection committee in its meeting held in April. The committee also directed the HRD Ministry to submit the final proposal for consideration before October 31 after finishing its selection process.

The Department of Personnel & Training issued a letter to the Ministry in this regard.  The friction between HRD Ministry and the ACC started when the Cabinet Secretary PK Sinha raised several objections regarding the selection criteria adopted by the HRD Ministry and also said that the vacancy circular did not mention the mandatory three-year experience required for a person to be considered, which is one of the recruitment rules and this gave the impression that officials of the rank of Joint Secretary don’t have to fulfill the eligibility criteria.

Pointing towards the information provided by the HRD Ministry’s proposal, he said the annual confidential reports “have not been taken into consideration while assessing the candidates” as the vacancy circular also sought the annual confidential reports of the past five years from each applicant.

Since December 2014, the position of a full-time Chairman (CBSE) has been vacant. Presently, a joint secretary of HRD Ministry, YSK Seshu Kumar has been entrusted with an additional charge of CBSE chairmanship. However, Satbir Bedi, who was the ministry’s top choice for the position as per a proposal sent on June 24 was not considered.

 

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CBSE Over Errors In NEET Question Paper Summoned By Madras High Court

The judges had also criticised the CBSE

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CBSE Over NEET Question Paper Errors Summoned By Madras High Court
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The Madras High Court Bench here today came down heavily on the CBSE observing that it was being autocratic in the matter related to errors in the Tamil version of this year’s National Eligibility cum Entrance Test.

A bench of justices C T Selvam and A M Basheer Ahamed made the observation while hearing a public interest litigation filed by CPI-M leader T K Rangarajan, seeking award of full marks for 49 ‘erroneous’ questions in the Tamil version of the NEET.

It said that despite knowing that a PIL on the matter was filed and it was due for hearing, the CBSE had released the results.

“Why did they do so?”, the court asked.

Referring to the CBSE’s submission, the bench said, “How do you decide the right answers for the questions based on majority view? CBSE is accepting even wrong answers under the pretext of majority decision. How is that in Bihar state so many students got through the examination?” it asked.

Later, it adjourned the hearing on the PIL without mentioning any date.

The petitioner has submitted that key words in the Tamil questions were wrongly translated from English and this caused confusion for the students.

In the previous hearing, the court had asked the CBSE to file an affidavit stating among others on whether any exercise was undertaken to ascertain which of the English words in the syllabi for science subjects were incapable of being reproduced in an equivalent word in Tamil.

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Madras High court, walk in room. flickr

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The judges had also criticised the CBSE saying that the mistakes in the question paper were not mere ambiguity. (IANS)