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JEE, NEET to go ahead, SC dismisses petition again

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The Supreme Court on Friday rejected a petition to postpone the JEE (Joint Entrance Exam) and NEET (National Eligibility cum Entrance Test) in view of COVID-19 pandemic.

The JEE and NEET are the entrance exams for admission to engineering and medical colleges across the country. This is the second time that the petition is being rejected. The petition was moved by six opposition-ruled states that wanted the court to review its earlier order. 

 

They wanted the exams to be put off for the safety of lakhs of students. There is no merit in the petition, Justices Ashok Bhushan, BR Gavai and Krishna Murari said after considering it in their chambers. 

“No case is made out for reconsidering our earlier decision,” said the top court.

The states’ contention

This time the government of Maharashtra, Bengal, Punjab, Rajasthan, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh and Puducherry moved the court to reconsider its decision.

The states had claimed that the top court had failed to consider the logistical difficulties in conducting the exams amid the pandemic. The states’ petition said the order of the Centre to hold the exams failed to take into consideration the complexities involved. 

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It said that just because lakhs of students have registered for the exam does not mean they have given their consent or willingness to attend the exams.

Bengal government, one of the petitioners said lakhs of students were unable to take the exam, which has already begun.

Earlier verdict

The Supreme Court had on August 17 rejected a similar request by 11 students from 11 states. Despite the petition the JEE exams already began on September 1 and will continue till September 6.

NEET will be held on September 13. The Supreme Court had while rejecting the earlier petition said that students cannot lose a precious year due to the pandemic.

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