The Supreme Court denied the petition requesting postponement of the Joint Entrance Examination [JEE] and National Eligibility cum Entrance Test [NEET] scheduled to be organized in September 2020. The apex court said that ‘life cannot be stopped’ and the ‘career of students cannot be put in jeopardy.’ Considering the current pandemic situation of the nation due to the COVID-19 crisis, some of the students and parents requested the concerned authorities to postpone the national-level entrance exams, NEET and JEE 2020.
Arun Mishra, the Supreme Court Justice heading a 3-judge bench gave final hearing to the petition and said, ‘Life cannot be stopped. We have to move ahead with all safeguards… Can we just stop the exams? We should move on.’ He further said, ‘Are you ready to waste one whole year? If exams are not held, won’t it be a loss to the country?’ At the apex court, the bench also comprises the Justices Krishna Murari and B R Gavai.
Earlier, the officials have scheduled to conduct the JEE Main 2020 examination between 7th and 11th April. The authorities have deferred the exam for the first time and decided to hold between 18th and 23rd July 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The JEE Main exam has been once again scheduled to organize between 1st and 6th September 2020. On the other hand, the JEE Advanced 2020 exam has been scheduled to be organized on 27th September 2020.
Every year, the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test is conducted to the candidates to provide admission into various Undergraduate medical programmes. This exam was earlier scheduled to be conducted on 3rd May 2020. Due to the coronavirus outbreak, the NEET exam has been postponed twice to 26th July and 13th September 2020. As per the report, a group of 11 students across various states of India has registered a petition to postpone the JEE Main and NEET 2020 exams.
Alakh Alok Srivastava, the advocate at the Supreme Court said that he wasn’t expecting an indefinite postponement of these exams. Instead, he wished the court to give proper guidelines to the National Testing Agency to hold the exams only when the current situation comes back to the normal condition. He further added that relaxation was permitted in holding various exams by CISCE, CBSE, and ICAI. He claimed that there is a probability of a vaccine for the COVID-19 pandemic being available soon in the country. Prime Minister Modi had assured the same during his speech on Independence Day.
The bench said, ‘How can you assume that the authorities are not aware of the situation.’ Justice Mishra also questioned why exams couldn’t be organized amid proper precautions while the apex court is also seeking to restart physical hearings. The Solicitor General of NTA, Tushar Mehta assured the court that the exams would be conducted by taking necessary precautions. To get the latest updates about various educational news, stay tuned with KVPY.ORG.IN.