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NEET, JEE 2020 Postponement Plea Dismissed by SC, Exams to Go On as Per Schedule, Get Details Here
Aug 17, 2020 12:29 IST
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NEET, JEE 2020 Postponement Plea Dismissed by SC: The petition demanding postponement of JEE Main 2020 and NEET 2020 entrance exams has been dismissed by the Supreme Court today saying that Life cannot be put on hold due to COVID-19 crisis. Following the dismissal of the petition by the Supreme Court, both engineering and medical entrance exams will now go on as per the schedule announced by the NTA earlier. The court in its order of dismissing the plea noted that “Career of students cannot be put under jeopardy for long” and therefore it has not decided not to issue any directions to the NTA for postponement of JEE Main 2020 and NEET 2020 entrance exams.
NTA to take all necessary Safeguards, notes SG Tushar Mehta
During the hearing, Solicitor General Tushar Mehta noted that the apex testing agency NTA has been issued special instructions by the MHRD as well as the Health Ministry to take all the necessary steps for smooth conduct of exams amid the pandemic. He also added that the National Testing Agency will implement all the required safeguards to ensure safe conduct of the examination and ensure health and well-being of the aspirants appearing for the examination.
Relief Provided In Case of CBSE, ICSE as well as AIBE and ICAI Exams, notes Petitioners
Representing the petitioners Advocate Alakh Alok Srivastava noted all the steps that have been taken by the government and the HRD Ministry as well as NTA with regards to postponement and cancellation of various exams due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The petitioner highlighted relief provided by the court in the case of pending CBSE and ICSE Board Exams as well as directions given to exam authorities in case of AIBE 2020 and ICAI May 2020 Exams taking the interest of students’ community. Petitioner also noted that “We are not looking for indefinite postponement”, however, interim relief until normalcy is restored.
Life Cannot be Stopped, Need to Move Ahead with All Safeguards, say Judges
During the hearing of plea demanding postponement of JEE Main 2020 and NEET 2020 exam, judges gave initial remarks that indicated that they are not directly in favour of the postponement. Judge Arun Mishra during the initial remarks noted that “Life cannot be stopped. We have to move ahead with all safeguards and all”. He also asked if students and aspirants are ready to waste an entire year because of Coronavirus pandemic. Furthermore, he also noted that going forwards, courts are also planning to reopen for physical hearing with all the necessary safe guards.
Plea demanding Postponement of JEE Main / NEET Exams
Amid rising number of Coronavirus infection cases across the country, a group of aspirants and parents have approached the apex court demanding further delay or postponement in holding of the exams citing health and safety concerns. The petition has requested that the examination be postponed till the situation normalizes.
Petition Demanding No Delay in JEE Main / NEET Exam 2020
Following the filing of plea demanding postponement of the national-level entrance exams, Gujarat Parents Association has also reached out to the apex court seeking relief from any further delay in holding of the entrance exam. The petition says that due to the COVID-19 pandemic and lockdown, the entrance exams have been delayed multiple time causing loss of precision time from the academic year for the students. The petition also pointed out that, the constant delay in the examination cause mental stress to students.
Admit Card Release Delayed, Expected Soon
As per the schedule released by the National Testing Agency i.e. NTA, the hall tickets or exam admit cards for JEE Main 2020 and NEET 2020 exams are expected to be released soon. The exams are scheduled to be held in 1st and 2nd week of Sept and the notification released earlier said that hall tickets would be made available to the students 15-days prior to the exam. Therefore, aspirants have been waiting for the release of the hall tickets for the entrance exams soon.