JEE Main and NEET 2020 Exams Postponement Plea Rejected By The Supreme Court.
The students’ plea for postponing the JEE Main and NEET 2020 exams has been rejected by the Supreme Court. “Life has to go on,” said Justice Arun Mishra.
About 11 students from 11 states were seeking the postponement of the JEE and NEET 2020 exams till the time the Covid-19 pandemic normalised. This plea was to quash the National Testing Agency’s (NTA) 3 July 2020 notice—to hold the JEE Main and NEET 2020 entrance examinations in September 2020.
According to the petition, the lives of lakhs of young students will be put in danger. The petition which was filed by 11 JEE and NEET 2020 aspirants said, “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 the lives of the students and their parents.”
The plea was rejected on Monday, 17 August 2020. A three-judge bench headed by Justice Arun Mishra said that “life has to go on” despite COVID and the court cannot put the career of students in peril by interfering with the decision of the National Testing Agency.
“Career of students cannot be put in peril. We find no merit in the petition. The petition is dismissed,” said the bench which also comprised justices BR Gavai and Krishna Murari.
The bench also stated, “You (lawyers) have demanded opening of physical courts, but you want exams to be postponed. Postponement of exams is a loss for the country.”
The petitioners’ lawyer Alakh Alok Srivastava mentioned that the vaccine for COVID-19 is “on its way” and that he is not looking for an indefinite postponement of the exams. But the bench did not find any merit in the case.
There was another petition filed by students that NEET and JEE exams should be held as per schedule, but it was withdrawn after the court rejected the plea seeking postponement.
JEE Main and NEET were previously scheduled to be conducted in April and May, respectively. The exams were postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
As per the public notice by NTA, the exams will be held on the following dates:
13 September 2020
JEE Main 2020
1–6 September 2020
JEE Advanced 2020
27 September 2020
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