In a hearing today, the Supreme Court of India dismissed petitions seeking the further postponement of the National Eligibility Cum Entrance Examination (NEET) 2020. The exam is slated for 13 September 2020, and still, the apex court of justice is receiving petitions for the postponement of the examination.
The hearing was propagated by a three-bench member comprising Justices Ashok Bhushan, R. Subhash Reddy, and Mr. Shah. They dismissed three fresh petitions seeking postponement of the NEET exam. Earlier, on 17 August 2020, a three-judge bench of the SC headed by Justice Arun Mishra had dismissed pleas seeking the postponement of NEET and JEE Main.
Who Filed the Petition?
In the hearing today, senior advocate Mr. Arvind P. Datar argued that the petitions were only seeking a postponement and not a cancellation. Datar said: “16 lakhs students are writing the exam. This is the only medical exam. Take the case of Bihar. There are only two centers- Patna & Gaya. Trains are not running till the 30th. We are only asking for three weeks postponement,” as per the reports.
Supreme Court’s Decision
The Supreme Court did not consent to the petition and dismissed it as it had already ruled out its decision on 17 August 2020. Since the JEE Main exam is over, it is time for the NEET to be conducted. But according to the latest reports, the conduction of JEE Mains 2020 faced a lot of rebuttals as many students weren’t able to reach the examination center either because of complete lockdown or flood.
Mumbai High Court has appealed NTA to consider candidates from flood-hit areas who couldn’t write the JEE Main examination. NTA has promised to do so as no student should be at a disadvantage. NTA further said that it had learned a few lessons from the JEE Main conduction, which will not be repeated for NEET.
As of now, the examination will be conducted on the scheduled date itself. Candidates must read exam-related advisory and guidelines thoroughly and try to adhere to them. Also, keep visiting the official website for further details.