The entire nation has been suffering a lot due to the increasing active cases of COVID-19 pandemic. Considering the current situation of the country, 11 students across 11 states have registered an urgent petition in the Supreme Court to postpone the JEE Main and NEET 2020 exams. This year, more than 22 lakh candidates have applied to take part in the national level entrance examinations. On behalf of all the applicants, some of the students have filed a petition in the apex court.
The medical and engineering entrance tests, National Eligibility cum Entrance Test [NEET], and Joint Entrance Exam Main [JEE Main] 2020 have been scheduled to conduct in September this year. Due to the nation-wide lockdown for about 3 months amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the concerned authorities have postponed the schedule of these exams. Despite the postponement of these exams some times, students are highly worried about their health and safety.
As a result, some of them have demanded the further postponement of the NEET 2020 and JEE Main 2020 exams. The students who filed a plea also asked to set up more number of exam venues as part of the precautionary measure whilst holding these exams. They even requested to provide transport facilities to and from the corresponding exam venues.
The plea filed by the students read, ‘Conducting the aforesaid examination across India at such perilous time, is nothing else but putting lives of lakhs of young students (including petitioners herein) at utmost risk and danger of disease and death. The best recourse at this stage can be to wait for some more time, let the COVID-19 crisis subside, and then only conduct these exams, in order to save lives of the students and their parents.’
Alakh Alok Shrivastava, the advocate at the Supreme Court spoke in favor of the students. He raised a point that lakhs of students have been suffering from increased stress and anxiety due to the exponential rise in active COVID cases day by day. The advocate opposed the UGC guidelines regarding the conduct of university exams.
In the previous week, India Wide Parents Association [IWPA] sent a written request to the Union Education Minister, Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank to consider postponement of the medical and engineering entrance tests. Still, the Ministry of Education is stubborn about conducting the entrance exams in September. Get to know more details about various educational updates on this website.