The Supreme Court on Monday said NEET and JEE will be held as per schedule clarifying
that the careers of students cannot be put under jeopardy.
The Supreme Court’s decision comes in a petition filed by 11 students to defer the
entrance exams due to the coronavirus pandemic.
While the NEET is conducted for admission into medical courses,
the JEE is held for admission into IITs.
Both NEET and JEE are scheduled in September.
While the JEE is scheduled from September 1 to 6, the NEET exam is scheduled for September 13.
Life cannot stop due to COVID-19
A three-judge bench of the court said:
“Life cannot be stopped.
We have to move ahead with all safeguards and all.
Are students ready to waste one whole year?
Education should be opened up.
COVID may continue for a year more.
Are you going to wait another year?
Do you know what the loss to the country
and peril to the students is?”
11 students filed the petition
The 11 students from 11 states, who filed the petition,
demanded that the authorities be asked to conduct the exams only after normalcy is restored.
The students also sought to increase the number of examination centres
for NEET and JEE across the country.
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Alakh Alok Srivastava, the lawyer who represented the students, at first
argued that the students are looking to the top court for relief.
Centre says safeguards will be taken
Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, who represented the National Testing Agency (NTA), after that
informed the court that all safeguards will be taken for conducting the exams.
Petition for postponement of university exams
The Supreme Court is also hearing a batch of petitions seeking the postponement
of university exams in September also
as mandated by the University Grants Commission. after all
The petitioners have requested the court to direct the authorities to postpone the university exams.
The request has been made citing the coronavirus pandemic and flood situation in various parts of India.
The apex court had sought the response of the Ministry of Home Affairs on the issue.
The ministry has clarified that it permitted the UGC to conduct the examinations. secondly
It said the permission has been granted keeping in mind the
academic interest of the students. lastly
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