The Supreme Court on Monday dismissed a petition seeking postponement of the NEET and JEE Main, scheduled to be held in September 2020.
The apex court said the postponement will put students’ careers in peril. However, the court also mentioned that it has taken note of assurance by the authorities that the exams will be held with adequate precautions.
Supreme Court on JEE Main and NEET 2020
“Career of students cannot be put under jeopardy for long,” the court said in the verdict. The Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) Main will be held from September 1 to 6. And the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) will be held on September 13. The JEE Advanced is set for September 27.
Notably, these are already postponed twice this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. But students were still demanding a further deferment as coronavirus cases rising day by day.
Meanwhile, the Petitioners’ counsel told the bench that lakhs of students are looking towards the top court for relief. And they were only seeking postponement of these exams.
Interestingly, this plea is filed by 11 students belonging to 11 states. It filed through advocate Alakh Alok Srivastava, had referred to COVID-19 pandemic and said authorities be directed to conduct these exams only after normalcy is restored.
More than 9 lakh had applied to appear for JEE Main 2020 while nearly 16 lakh registered for NEET. Meantime, candidates were given several options to opt for the nearest exam center. The number of exam centers, claims National Testing Agency (NTA), has also been increased by almost double to ensure the safety of students.