The Supreme Court will hear a plea seeking postponement of key entrances Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) Main and NEET exams on Monday, August 17. The petition, filed by advocate Alakh Alok Srivastava, will come up for listening to subsequent week as 11 college students from 11 states throughout the nation moved the apex court docket seeking reduction amid the COVID-19 pandemic as they concern catching the highly-infectious virus. The petitioners have sought conducting of the examinations solely after normalcy is restorated submit COVID-19 disaster.
Meanwhile, advocate Srivastava knowledgeable that the National Testing Agency (NTA), the conducting physique of the examinations, has filed a vakalatnama within the case. Two intervention functions have additionally been filed, he mentioned. As the listening to date approaches, Srivastava expressed confidence of getting justice for younger JEE and NEET aspirants. India Wide Parents’ Association chief Anubha Shrivastava Sahai, who has been writing letters to the federal government placing ahead college students’ considerations, hoped for a call within the bigger curiosity of college students.
What the petition seeks
- The petition seeks holding of JEE Main and NEET exams “only after normalcy is restored in the country post COVID-19 crisis.”
- It additionally urges for a rise within the examination centres in order to present no less than one examination centre in each district of India.
- The petition additionally seeks contemporary alternatives to JEE and NEET aspirants to submit their utility types and select examination centres afresh.
- The petition says that the NTA has determined to conduct JEE via on-line mode and NEET offline at 161 centres throughout India, that are “utterly arbitrary, whimsical and violative of fundamental rights to life of lakhs of the affected students.”
- The NTA has indefinitely postponed the National Council of Hotel Management Joint Entrance Examination (NCHM-JEE) 2020, scheduled to be carried out on 22.06.2020 in view of the COVID-19 pandemic. However, now when the COVID-19 disaster has rather more worsened, the NTA continues to be conducting JEE Main and NEET exams.