The Supreme Court of India on 17th August 2020 (Monday) dismissed a postponement plea for NEET and JEE Mains 2020. The petition demanded postponement of the JEE Mains 2020 and the NEET 2020 entrance examination which were scheduled to be conducted in September 2020 considering the current pandemic situation due to the COVID 19 crisis.
Amid rising of the number of Corona Virus cases in the county, a petition was filed on August 6, 2020, by Advocate Alakh Alok Srivastava on behalf of 11 students from 11 different states across the country to conduct examination only after normalcy is restored in the country post the COVID 19 crisis. Simultaneously, A group of parents had also approached the Hon’ble Supreme Court to delay the examinations considering the health and safety of the students.
The plea was dismissed by the Supreme court on the grounds that the postponement of the examination will put the “career of the students in peril”. Justice Arun Mishra, presiding the bench while dismissing the plea said, “Life should move on even in COVID 19 times…. If exams are not held, won’t it be a loss to the country? Students will lose the academic year”.
The court in its order noted that “The career of students cannot be put under jeopardy for long.” NEET and JEE Mains 2020 will now be held in September as scheduled with necessary and adequate precautions.