NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Monday dismissed pleas looking for postponement of JEE Main 2020 and NEET UG examinations — that are scheduled to be carried out in September amid the Covid-19 pandemic. The plea was heard by the SC Bench headed by Justice Arun Mishra.
NEET and JEE Main 2020 Exam Postponement Plea: Live updates
12.12 pm: SC dismisses the petition. Says the postponement of the NEET/JEE will put the ‘profession of scholars in peril’. The bench says that it has taken into file the submission of Solicitor General that exams will likely be held with satisfactory precautions. Says, there isn’t a floor to intervene with coverage choice.
12.12 pm: Advocate Alakh says that there’s a likelihood of vaccine coming quickly for COVID-19. Even the Prime Minister mentioned about it in his August 15 speech. Not looking for an indefinite postponement of the examination, however a postponement for a while, he submits.
12.11 pm: Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, showing for NTA, says that exams must be carried out, and satisfactory precautions will likely be taken.
12.10 pm: ‘If exams aren’t held, will not or not it’s a loss to the nation? Students will lose the tutorial yr’, Justice Arun Mishra says.
12.05 pm: “Life should move on even in COVID-19 times. Can we just stop exams? We should move on,” mentioned Justice Arun Misra on plea looking for postponmenet of JEE/NEET exams.
12.00 pm: Starting the listening to within the case, Justice Arun Mishra says there are two petitions. One looking for conduct of JEE and NEET exams and one other looking for postponement of those exams.
The plea, filed on August 6, by 11 college students belonging to 11 states, had sought the quashing of the general public notices launched by the National Testing Agency on July 3, by which it was determined to maintain the JEE Main and NEET UG exams in September. The petitioners additionally urged the courtroom to direct the Centre to maintain JEE and NEET examinations solely after normalcy is restored within the nation.
The plea had cited that, conducting the JEE Main and NEET examination throughout the nation at such perilous time is nothing else however placing lives of lakhs of younger college students (together with petitioners herein) at utmost threat and hazard of illness and demise. It additionally mentioned that the very best recourse at this stage may be to await some extra time, let the COVID-19 disaster subside after which solely conduct these exams, to save the lives of the scholars and their mother and father.
The petitioners additionally urged the Court to enhance the variety of NEET and JEE examination centres throughout the nation and supply not less than one centre in a single district of every state.
Issuing a discover on July 3, the NTA had mentioned the JEE Main will likely be carried out from September 1 to 6 and NEET UG 2020 will likely be held on September 13, 2020.
The plea filed by advocate Alakh Alok Srivastava had additionally mentioned “While deciding to conduct the aforesaid JEE (Main) April-2020 and NEET UG-2020 exams in September 2020, the respondents (NTA and others) have overlooked that many states have refused to allow conducting of any professional or non-professional exams in their states at this stage and hence the same is likely to cause unimaginable harassment to the petitioners and other similarly situated students.”
(With inputs from Agencies)