JEE Main, NEET exams will NOT be postponed, Supreme Court says. The JEE Main 2020 is scheduled to be held between September 1-6 and the NEET 2020 is to be conducted on September 13. Earlier, in the wake of Covid-19, the examination had been rescheduled keeping the safety and security of students in check.
The Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) Main and National Eligibility Cum Entrance Test (NEET) will not be postponed, the Supreme Court said today as it dismissed a petition seeking deferment of the entrances. Advocate Alakh Alok Srivastava argued the case on behalf of 11 students who had moved the top court seeking relief amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Now that the plea has been rejected, both the entrance exams will be held as per schedule. The engineering entrance is scheduled to take place from September 1 to September 6 while the medical entrance is slated for September 13.
The case for Postponement of JEE Main 2020 and NEET Exam 2020
A group of students and parents have appealed the top court to delay the entrance examination in the wake of increasing cases due to coronavirus infection. The petition has requested the Postponement of the examination until the situation is under control.
The case against Postponement of JEE Main 2020 and NEET Exam 2020
In the latest move, a group of parents has moved the Supreme Court to stop further delaying of JEE Main and NEET 2020. Gujarat Parents Association has requested the Supreme Court to let the examination be conducted on the scheduled date. The petition cites that the delay would severely affect the academic calendar and the continuous change in dates causes mental stress to students.
Conducting JEE and NEET at this stage will put lives of lakhs of young students in danger, the petition filed by 11 JEE/NEET aspirants said. “The best recourse at this stage can be to wait for some more time, let Covid-19 Crisis subside and then only conduct these Exams, in order to save the lives of the students and their parents,” the petition said.
The petition had sought postponement of JEE Main and NEET exams. It favoured holding the exams “only after normalcy is restored in the country post-COVID crisis. It also pressed for fresh opportunities to JEE and NEET aspirants to submit their application forms and choose exam centers afresh. The plea mentioned that the NTA decided to conduct JEE through online mode and NEET offline at 161 centres across India, which are “utterly arbitrary, whimsical and violative of fundamental rights to life of lakhs of the affected students.”