The NEET medical entrance exam and the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) for admission into the IITs will be held as per schedule, the Supreme Court said today. “The careers of students cannot be put under jeopardy,” the top court said.
At, 12.00 while starting the hearing in the case, Justice Arun Mishra said there are two petitions. One seeking conduct of JEE and NEET exams and another asking postponement of these exams.
On August 6, a plea was filed by 11 students urging the court to direct the Centre to hold JEE and NEET examination only after normalcy. Alak Alok Srivastava was the lawyer who represented the students, citing that conducting exams at such perilous time is nothing else but putting the lives of lakhs of students at stake.They also wanted an increase in the number of centres.
The NTA on the other hand, had issued a notice on July 3, stating that the JEE Main will be conducted from September 1 to 6 and NEET UG 2020 will be held on September 13,2020. Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, who represented the National Testing Agency (NTA), informed the court that all safeguards will be taken for conducting the exams. The bench brought this on record and said that there is no point interfering with this policy decision.
SC bench hearing the petition said the postponement of the exam will put the ‘career of students in peril’. Justice Arun Mishra, heading the three judge bench held ‘ the two exams are to be held in September.’ “Life can’t be stopped. Are students ready to waste one whole year? Education should be opened up. Covid may continue for a year more.Are you going to wait another year?” he said.
While the JEE exam is scheduled for September 1-6, NEET will be held on September 13, 2020 as scheduled earlier.