A plea within the Supreme Courtroom on Thursday sought postponement of JEE (Principal) April 2020 and NEET-Undergraduate examinations, that are scheduled to be carried out in September, amid spurt within the variety of COVID-19 circumstances within the nation.
Whereas referring to the coronavirus pandemic, the plea has sought quashing of July three notices issued by the Nationwide Testing Company (NTA), by which it was determined to conduct Joint Entrance Examination (Principal) April 2020 and Nationwide Eligibility-cum-Entrance Take a look at (NEET)-Undergraduate exams in September.
The plea, filed by 11 college students belonging to 11 states, stated that the authorities be directed to conduct these exams solely after the normalcy is restored.
As per the general public notices issued by the NTA, JEE (Principal) April 2020 is scheduled from September 1-6, whereas NEET UG 2020 examination is scheduled for September 13.
The plea, filed via advocate Alakh Alok Srivastava, has additionally sought course to the authorities to extend the variety of examination centres for these exams.
“Conducting the aforesaid examination throughout India at such perilous time, is nothing else however placing lives of lakhs of younger college students (together with petitioners herein) at utmost danger and hazard of illness and dying. The perfect recourse at this stage might be to attend for some extra time, let COVID-19 disaster subside after which solely conduct these exams, in an effort to save lives of the scholars and their mother and father,” the plea stated.
It claimed that NTA, which conducts entrance exams for admission in increased instructional establishments in India, has determined to conduct JEE (Principal) April-2020 via on-line mode and NEET UG-2020 exams via offline mode at 161 centres throughout India.
It alleged that NTA has indefinitely postponed the Nationwide Council of Lodge Administration Joint Entrance Examination-2020, which was scheduled to be carried out on June 22, in wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Whereas deciding to conduct the aforesaid JEE (Principal) April-2020 and NEET UG-2020 exams within the month of September, 2020, the respondents (NTA and others) have missed that many states have refused to permit conducting of any skilled or non-professional exams of their states at this stage and therefore the identical is prone to trigger unimaginable harassment to the petitioners and different equally located college students,” it stated.
“It’s respectfully submitted that the scholars who’re effectively outfitted with laptop and powerful web connection will give on-line exams whereas in different hand the scholars who’re unable to present and prepare on-line exams, must come to examination centres by risking their lives. This can be a discrimination between college students which have to be prevented,” it claimed.
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