As a 3 judge bench of the Supreme Court on Friday rejected a review petition seeking the postponement of exams, the Joint Entrance Exam (JEE) and the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) will go ahead on the dates allotted as scheduled .
The petition was filed by ministers of six opposition-ruled states against the court’s August 17 order allowing the National Test Agency (NTA) to hold NEET UG and JEE exams in September, amid nationwide opposition from students.
The in-chamber hearing at 1:30pm today, was held by Justices Ashok Bhushan, BR Gavai and Krishna Murari.
JEE Main exam for over 8 lakh engineering aspirants had started on September 1, with National Eligibility cum Entrance Test Undergraduate, or NEET UG 2020, to be held on September 13.
Upholding the Centre’s decision to hold the competitive examinations, the Apex Court in its judgement said, “A crucial year of students cannot be wasted and life has to go on” while dismissing the students’ pleas for postponement.
The ministers of six non-BJP-ruled states had said that the Supreme Court’s order failed to secure students’ “right to life” and ignored “teething logistical difficulties” to be faced in conducting the exams during the coronavirus pandemic.