Supreme Court rejects plea to carry NEET abroad

Satya Prakash

Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 24

The Supreme Court on Monday rejected a petition in search of 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 look for National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) 2020.

This 12 months’s NEET was scheduled in May however because of the pandemic, it was rescheduled to July 26 after which to September 13. It will likely be performed by National Testing Agency (NTA) in pen and paper-based mode.

The high courtroom additionally refused to chill out quarantine norms for them, citing public well being points referring to COVID19 pandemic.

However, it allowed the petitioners to method state authorities to hunt leisure for candidates touchdown from overseas for NEET.

Earlier, the NTA had instructed the highest courtroom that it’s not attainable to carry NEET abroad because it’s performed in “paper book format”.

In an affidavit filed within the Supreme Court, NTA had identified that “…NEET (UG) needs to be performed in single shift on the similar time, on the identical day to keep up uniformity and, additional, the questions papers and different examination supplies are to be transported from NTA headquarters to numerous examination centres in numerous cities, which might require meticulous planning for protected and secured supply of the identical on the examination centres on time.”

The affidavit was filed in response to a petition filed by dad and mom of candidates for NEET (UG) 2020 working in Qatar.

The Supreme Court had final month issued discover to the Centre, MCI and NTA on their petition difficult a Kerala High Court order dismissing their demand for allotment of NEET centres in Gulf area.

The NTA asserted that the style through which examinations needed to be performed was a coverage resolution purely throughout the area of the inspecting physique viz., Medical Council of India (MCI) and if examination centres must be supplied in international international locations was for the MCI to determine.

There was nothing on document to indicate that the MCI’s resolution was “arbitrary or unlawful”, it mentioned.

Last month, the highest courtroom had requested the Centre, MCI and NTA to answer the petition which demanded that if it was not attainable to have NEET examination centres overseas the take a look at must be postponed till the COVID19 disaster was over.

Filed by Abdul Azeez, normal secretary, Kerala Muslim Culture Centre, Qatar, the PIL submitted that there have been 4,000 such college students registered with NEET-UG from Qatar who confronted issues in getting their paperwork attested from Indian Embassy in Qatar.

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