The Supreme court of India refused to entertain a fresh batch of petitions seeking deferment of the medical exam. The SC on Wednesday said that even the review petitions have been dismissed. Some petitions had cited Bihar floods for deferment, while some other weekend Covid-19 lockdowns. However, the apex court said that authorities will take all steps necessary to help aspirants sit for the test.
The exams are scheduled to be held on Sept 13, 2020. The bench headed by Justice Ashok Bhushan dismissed three fresh petitions seeking postponement of the NEET-UG exams scheduled on September 13.
Senior lawyers of the SC had made the last effort to defer the exams and requested for more centers, to bring relief to the students amid the corona crisis. The plea, filed through advocate Alakh Alok Srivastava, had referred to the Covid-19 pandemic and said authorities be directed to conduct these exams only after normalcy is restored.
On the other hand, the National Testing Agency (NTA) recently conducted the JEE Main 2020 exams.
Earlier, the Supreme court had earlier dismissed a plea seeking postponement of JEE (Main) April 2020 and NEET-Undergraduate examinations, which are scheduled for September, amid spurt in number of Covid-19 cases, saying the precious year of students “cannot be wasted” and life has to go on.
Solicitor General Tushar Mehta reportedly told the apex court that due precautions and all safeguards would be taken while conducting these examinations. The counsel appearing for the petitioners told the bench that lakhs of students are looking towards the top court for relief and they were only seeking postponement of these exams.
As per the public notices issued by NTA, JEE (Main) April 2020 was conducted from September 1-6, while NEET UG 2020 exam is scheduled for September 13.
JEE Mains which started on September 1 and were held in two shifts daily at 660 exam centres where COVID appropriate precautions were taken to ensure student safety.