SC rejects plea to postpone JEE (Main), NEET-UG exams amid COVID-19


New Delhi, August 17

The Supreme Court on Monday dismissed a plea searching for postponement of JEE (Main) April 2020 and NEET-Undergraduate examinations, that are scheduled to be performed in September, amid a spurt within the variety of COVID-19 instances, saying the valuable 12 months of scholars “cannot be wasted” and life has to go on.

A 3-judge bench headed by Justice Arun Mishra stated profession of scholars “cannot be put under jeopardy for long”.

“Life has to go on. Life has to move ahead. Precious year of students cannot be wasted,” the bench, additionally comprising Justices B R Gavai and Krishna Murari, stated through the listening to performed by video conferencing whereas paving the best way for the graduation of the exams as scheduled.

Solicitor-General Tushar Mehta informed the Apex Court that due precautions and all safeguards can be taken whereas conducting these examinations.

The counsel showing for the petitioners informed the bench that lakhs of scholars had been trying in the direction of the highest courtroom for aid and so they had been solely searching for postponement of those exams.

The plea, filed by 11 college students belonging to 11 states, had sought quashing of the July three notices issued by the National Testing Agency (NTA), by which it was determined to conduct the Joint Entrance Examination (Main) April 2020 and National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET)-Undergraduate exams in September.

As per the general public notices issued by the NTA, JEE (Main) April 2020 is scheduled from September 1 to six, whereas NEET-UG 2020 examination is scheduled for September 13.

The plea, filed by advocate Alakh Alok Srivastava, had referred to COVID-19 pandemic and stated authorities be directed to conduct these exams solely after normalcy was restored.

The plea had additionally sought a course to the authorities to extend the variety of examination centres.

“Conducting the aforesaid examination across India at such perilous time is nothing else but putting lives of lakhs of young students (including petitioners herein) at utmost risk and danger of disease and death. The best recourse at this stage can be to wait for some more time, let COVID-19 crisis subside and then only conduct these exams, in order to save lives of the students and their parents,” the plea had stated.

It had claimed that the NTA, which conducts entrance exams for admission in greater academic establishments in India, has determined to conduct JEE (Main) April-2020 by on-line mode and NEET UG-2020 exams by offline mode at 161 centres throughout the nation.

It had alleged that NTA has indefinitely postponed the National Council of Hotel Management Joint Entrance Examination-2020, which was scheduled to be performed on June 22, in wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The plea had additionally alleged that authorities involved have ignored the plight of lakhs of scholars from Bihar, Assam and northeastern states, that are presently reeling underneath flood, and conducting both on-line or offline exams in such locations will not be potential. PTI



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