11 students move Supreme Court seeking cancellation of JEE, NEET
The applicants are seeking directions to the National Testing Agency to conduct the exams only when the COVID-19 pandemic returns to normal.
In view of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, eleven students from across the country have appealed to the Supreme Court to quash the Joint Entrance Test (JEE) and National Entrance Eligibility Test (NEET), which is scheduled for September. The petition was filed by Advocate Anubha Srivastava Sahai and will be argued by Advocate Alakh Alok Srivastava. The applicants are seeking directions to the National Testing Agency (NTA) to conduct the exams only when the COVID-19 pandemic returns to normal.
The petitioners also urged the court to increase the number of NEET and JEE examination centers across the country and provide at least one center in each district of each state.
“Lakhs of young students are likely to appear in the aforesaid JEE (Main) April-2020 and NEET UG-2020 exams in the months of September, 2020. Meanwhile, COVID-19 cases are increasing in India at an alarming rate. The deadly pandemic COVID-19 has already affected about 20 lakh people in India and situation is worsening by every passing day. Conducting the aforesaid examination across India at such perilous time, is nothing else but putting lives of lakhs of young students (including Petitioners herein) at utmost risk and danger of disease and death.” reads the plea.
The petition states that the NTA’s decision to conduct the examination in September is “utterly arbitrary, whimsical and violative of the fundamental right to life of lakhs of the affected students as enshrined within Article 21 of the Constitution of India and thus liable to quashed and set aside on this ground alone.”
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