The NEET Medical Entrance Exam and the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) for admission into the IITs will be held as per the schedule and will not be delayed any further, the Supreme Court said on Monday.
The court also dismissed a petition by 11 students to defer the exams due to the coronavirus crisis and made it clear that there should not be a stoppage of life while the pandemic in the country.
SC also said the postponement of the exams will put students’ careers in a problematic scenario. Justice Arun Mishra said that if exams are not held then the students would lose an academic year.
Justice Mishra also added that life should go on during COVID-19 and questioned how can exams be stopped. “The careers of students cannot be put under jeopardy,” the top court said.
Interestingly, a total of 11 students had filed a petition against conducting these exams by the National Testing Agency and had urged the administration to delay the exams as per the safety of the students.
Tushar Mehta, the solicitor general, led the petition along with 10 other students. Tushar will be going to appear for NTA and has said that the exams will have to be conducted under adequate precautions.
The petition filed by these 11 students had said that conducting JEE Main 2020, JEE Advanced 2020, and NEET 2020 amidst the pandemic in India is a violation of the Right to Life of several lakh students in India.
The recently bought plea also said that the best recourse at this stage can be to “Wait” for some more time and let the COVID-19 crisis subside before conducting the national level exams.
The petition had also stated cancellation of remaining exams for CBSE and ISC as also the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI)’s cancellation of CA exams in May and July 2020.
The petitioner also urged the Supreme Court to increase the number of examination centers for the two exams across the country. And advocated providing at least one center in one district of each state.
Despite the fact that several other states have refused to allow conducting of any professional or non-professional exams in their states, the Court stood strong on their decision and disowned the new petition.
This is not the first case where students have plead for the delay in the curriculum. A plea against the University Grants Commission’s decision to hold final-year exams amidst the virus scare. This UGC matter will come next for hearing at the apex court on August 18.