SC rejects plea looking for NEET centres overseas


Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 24

The Supreme Court on Monday rejected a petition looking for instructions to the Centre and the National Testing Agency (NTA) to permit examination centres overseas to carry NEET-2020 for admission to medical programs.

A Bench led by Justice LN Rao requested the Centre to rearrange Vande Bharat Mission flights for such college students to seem for the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET).

This 12 months’s check was scheduled in May, but it surely was rescheduled to July 26 after which to September 13 attributable to Covid. It shall be carried out by the NTA in pen-paper mode. The high courtroom additionally refused to calm down quarantine norms for them, citing public well being points. However, it allowed the petitioners to strategy the state authorities to hunt leisure for candidates touchdown from overseas for NEET. Earlier, the NTA had instructed the highest courtroom that it wasn’t potential to carry NEET abroad because it was carried out in paper e-book format.

In an affidavit filed within the SC, the NTA had identified, “NEET has to be conducted in a single shift at the same time on the same day to maintain uniformity and, further, the questions papers and other exam material are to be transported from the NTA headquarters to a number of examination centres in various cities, which would require meticulous planning for safe delivery of the same at the examination centres on time.” The affidavit was filed in response to a petition filed by dad and mom of candidates for NEET 2020 working in Qatar.



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