The Hon’ble Supreme Court today dismissed the petition seeking postponement of NEET/JEE exams which are scheduled in September 2020.
The petition was filed by eleven students from eleven states contending the decision to hold JEE (Main) through online from September 1 to 6 and NEET G-2020 through offline mode on September 13 at 161 center of India are “utterly arbitrary, whimsical and violative of the fundamental right to life lakhs of affected students”.
The petition focused upon the Institution of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI) has cancelled the CA exams citing COVID-19 risk. Further, the exams like CBSE/ICSE/ISC have also been cancelled while Common Law Admission Entrance Test (CLAT) and the National Institute of Open School exams have also been postponed.
The petitioners mentioned that “Lakhs of young students are likely to appear in the aforesaid JEE(Main) April-2020 and NEET UG-2020 Exams in the months of September 200. Meanwhile, COVID-19 cases are increasing in India at an alarming rate. The deadly pandemic COVID-19 has already affected about 20 Lakh people in India and situation is worsening by every passing day. Conducting the aforesaid examination across India at such perilous time, is nothing else but putting lives of lakhs of young students (including Petitioners herein) at utmost risk and danger of disease and death,”.
The Coram consisted of Justice Arun Mishra observed that life should move on even during COVID-19 times. Justice Asked Advocate Alakh Alok Srivastav that “Are you not demanding that Courts should open? When Courts are getting ready to start physical functioning, how can you say that exams cannot be held? Why can’t exams be held with precautions?”
‘If exams are not held, won’t it be a loss to the country? Students will lose the academic year,’, Justice Arun Mishra said.
The petition seeking postponement of NEET-JEE was dismissed by the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India.