SC to hear plea regarding JEE and NEET exams

SoP violations at JEE exam centres worry students

The decision was taken in an in-chamber "hearing by circulation" where no lawyers were present.

Ministers of 6 non-BJP ruled states, West Bengal, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, Maharashtra, Punjab and Rajasthan, filed a review petition on August 28 seeking the postponement of the examinations in view of the COVID-19 crisis.

It should be noted that the JEE Main exam is already underway and is being conducted from September 1 to September 6.

They had filed the petition in their individual capacity, their counsel Sunil Fernandes said.

The review plea has been filed by ministers from Maharashtra (Uday Ravindra Sawant), West Bengal (Moloy Ghatak), Jharkhand (Rameshwar Oraon), Rajasthan (Raghu Sharma), Chhattisgarh (Amarjeet Bhagat), and Punjab (BS Sidhu).

The supreme court conducted an "in-chamber" session today in this regard and has decided that the schedule of NEET and JEE Main 2020 shall stay intact.

The review petition had aspects like safety, security and health of students, logistics which are required for holding the for 25 lakh students. The minister of the states, in their review plea, claimed that the SC order failed to secure students' "right to life" and overlooked "teething logistical difficulties" that will crop up in conducting the exams during the coronavirus pandemic. The Agency said that the exams are being conducted keeping in mind the interest of the students so that they do not lose an academic year. About 54.67 percent aspirants gave the exam on day 1, 81 percent gave it on day 2, and on day 3 say the attendance was 82 percent.

JEE-Main exams began in the country on September 2.

Students from across the country blamed the Union Education Minister for lying to the country in saying that the exams were being conducted smoothly, and now demand that after the failures of SOP guidelines during the JEE Mains Examination, NEET should be postponed so that no more lives are risked. In Telangana, 55800 students will sit for NEET at 112 centers, whereas in AP 61,892 students will take the exam at 151 centers next week.

"It is rather ironical that at the initial stage when there were much lesser number of COVID-19 positive cases, the examinations were postponed and now when the daily spread of the virus is at its peak the examinations are directed to be conducted forthwith", the plea said.



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