New Delhi: A three-judge bench of the Supreme Court on Friday dismissed the review petition filed by six states that called for the postponement of the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE Main) and National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) 2020. The exams will go ahead on the scheduled dates.
The petition was filed by ministers from six states – West Bengal (Moloy Ghatak), Jharkhand (Rameshwar Oraon), Rajasthan (Raghu Sharma), Chattisgarh (Amarjeet Bhagat), Punjab (BS Sindhu) and Maharashtra (Uday Ravindra Sawant).
The ministers in the plea had claimed that the apex court failed to secure students “right to life” and ignored “teething logistical difficulties” to be faced while in the conducting the exams amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.
The review petitioners also raised the issue of lack of “mandatory safeguards” for carrying the examination.
A bench of Justices Ashok Bhushan, BR Gavai and Krishna Murari considered the review plea in chambers.
Justice Mishra had said, “Life cannot be stopped. We have to move ahead with all safeguards and all…. Education should be opened up. COVID may continue for a year more. Are you going to wait another year? Do you know what is the loss to the country and peril to the students,” as quoted by Livemint.
The JEE Main are being held from September 1 to 6, while NEET exams for the admission to undergraduate courses in medical colleges is scheduled for September 13.