NEET, JEE Main 2020: The Supreme Court on Friday refused to entertain a review plea filed by six-opposition ruled states against the Court’s August 17 ruling which upheld the National Testing Agency (NTA)’s decision to hold NEET, JEE exams in September. These six states had moved the Court seeking postponement of NEET, JEE exams citing increased risk to students’ health due to the ongoing pandemic. Also Read - Sudarshan TV Row: 'Free Speech, Not Hatred,' Supreme Court Says Media Self-regulation System Toothless
Notably, the review plea was filed by ministers from West Bengal (Moloy Ghatak), Jharkhand (Rameshwar Oraon), Rajasthan (Raghu Sharma), Chhattisgarh (Amarjeet Bhagat), Punjab (B S Sidhu) and Maharashtra (Uday Ravindra Sawant) through advocate Sunil Fernandes. Also Read - 2021 Haridwar Kumbh: In a First, Number of Pilgrims to Be Restricted; Entry Passes to Be Issued
On August 17, the apex court had refused to interfere with the conduct of medical and engineering entrance exams saying that life must go on and students can’t lose a precious year due to the pandemic. Also Read - Regulate Digital Media First: Centre Tells SC in Affidavit Filed in Response to Pleas Against Sudarshan TV
While hearing the matter, the apex court had dismissed a plea by one Sayantan Biswas seeking direction to National Testing Agency (NTA), which conducts both the NEET and JEE exams, to postpone them and said that there was absolutely” no merit in the plea.
The NTA is currently conducting the JEE exam with all precautions for safety of the students. Some of these steps include increasing the number of examination centres, alternate seating plans, fewer candidates per room and staggered entry and exit.
NEET 2020 will be held on September 13.