After the apex court of India directed the National Testing Agency (NTA) to take necessary action regarding the plea filed by parents from Doha, Qatar, and other gulf countries to provide NEET 2020 examination centers there, NTA acted against the appeal. In an affidavit filed in the Supreme Court, NTA rejected the directives of the plea, explaining why it wasn’t possible to provide examination centers abroad in gulf countries.
The same petition was earlier dismissed by Kerala High Court Justices L. Nageswara Rao, Hemant Gupta, and S. Ravindra Bhat. The plea was then passed on to the apex court of India, demanding necessary action. Following this, the Supreme Court directed NTA to act accordingly.
Why was the Plea Turned Down?
Since the adoption of the new format for medical entrance examination from All India Pre Medical Test (AIPMT) to the National Eligibility Cum Entrance Test (NEET) in 2016, there was a revision of the test centers as well. Earlier, each state used to have its medical entrance exam called the State PMT. But after its centralization, many new changes were incorporated to increase transparency. NTA, the national body which conducts the examination mentioned in the affidavit that the measure undertaken in 2016 has garnered success in the following years. Thus, acting according to Hon’ble High Court’s decision, no changes shall be made in the present schedule.
NEET and JEE are Both Different Examinations
There was a request for conducting the NEET the same way as the Joint Entrance Examination is held. JEE is an engineering entrance examination which is conducted abroad as well. But such is not the case with NEET. It is impossible to conduct the examination abroad within such a short period because NEET is conducted in pen and paper mode. It is quite understandable that for the successful conduction of a national level examination, a myriad of prior arrangements is required. This includes the number of question papers printed. The frisking standards for NEET are quite high. Such a kind of tight security cannot be expected to regulate outside India for merely an entrance test.
NEET 2020 on a Single Day and a Single Shift
NTA went further to explain why NEET cannot be conducted online. NTA stated that NEET is a national level entrance examination, and all the necessary decisions regarding the examination are taken by the Medical Council of India (MCI). NTA said that MCI has already made its decision and that there is no scope for future changes.
Maintaining the uniformity and transparency, NEET will be conducted on a single day and, most importantly, in a single shift. This step is necessary to ensure the restriction of the use of unfair means and maintain uniformity. This was a cumbersome decision to make in light of the COVID-19 crisis, but it was for the students’ well-being. NEET 2020 is rescheduled for 13 September 2020 as of now.