Nagpur, September 1
The Nagpur bench of the Bombay High Court on Tuesday refused to remain the JEE-Main examination, however mentioned any scholar residing in flood-hit elements of Maharashtra’s Vidarbha area who can’t attain the examination centre or reaches late can apply to the National Testing Agency to hunt a re-examination.
A Division Bench of Justices Ravi Deshpande and Pushpa Ganediwala mentioned the National Testing Agency (NTA) shall think about such purposes and resolve accordingly, after checking the veracity of the identical, inside 15 days.
The engineering Joint Entrance Examination (JEE)-Main started at 9 am throughout the nation on Tuesday.
“The scenario is grim in a number of districts as a consequence of floods. Students mustn’t undergo for no fault on their half,” the Bench mentioned.
The court docket mentioned any aggrieved scholar might file an utility to the NTA through their centre coordinator.
“The National Testing Agency shall then decide on the application after consulting with the District Collector concerned within a period of 15 days,” the court docket ordered.
Assistant Solicitor General Ulhas Aurangabadkar, showing for the NTA, informed the High Court that the company shall think about any utility submitted by a scholar who was not capable of seem for the examination because of the flood scenario or downside of transport.
Earlier, the High Court on Monday took cognisance of a letter written to it by Nitesh Bawankar, a resident of Maharashtra’s Bhandara district, elevating concern over how college students will attain the examination centres to seem for the JEE amid the flood scenario.
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Bawankar sought postponement of the examination for college students residing within the flood-hit elements of Nagpur, Amravati, Akola, Chandrapur, Bhandara, Gondia and Gadchiroli districts.
Due to floods, college students from these areas will discover it tough to seem for the JEE-Main examination, he mentioned.
On Tuesday, Gadchiroli collector informed HC that as a consequence of heavy rains and flood, inter-district transport was affected and the scenario would possibly stay unchanged for a number of extra days.
In such a situation, the NTA can be the suitable authority to resolve the difficulty of suspending the examination for college students affected by flood, mentioned the Collector.
Nagpur Collector informed the court docket that 1,284 college students had been to attend the examination in six centres of the district and that there was no flood-like scenario there.
Akola Collector additionally informed the court docket that as there was no flood-like scenario within the district, there can be no hurdle in conducting the examination there.
An identical submission was made by Amravati Collector.
Chandrapur collector informed the court docket that 21 villages had been affected by flood within the district and rescue groups of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) enquired at native ranges if there have been any college students who wanted to seem for the JEE-Main examination, however no response was obtained.
He additionally mentioned there have been 4 examination centres on the Chandrapur district headquarters which was not affected by flood and therefore, was accessible by highway.
Collectors of Bhandara and Gondia informed the court docket that whereas their districts had been worst hit as a consequence of heavy rains and launch of water from the Sanjay Sarovar dam in Madhya Pradesh, there have been no centres for JEE-Main examination in each these districts.
They submitted that candidates showing for the examination shall have highway accessibility to Nagpur and wouldn’t face any downside in showing for the examination.
The court docket on Monday directed the Centre, Maharashtra Government, the NTA and Collectors of those districts to contemplate suspending the JEE-Main examination for college students who had been residing within the flood-affected areas and had been unable to achieve the centres to seem for the examination. PTI