The plea urges the Apex Court to direct the National Testing Agency to allow and facilitate the students to appear in such exams on further dates.
A petition filed in Supreme Court seeks another attempt at the Joint Entrance Exam (JEE) Main and National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) exams for the students who were unable to take the exams in September due to unforeseeable circumstances. Advocate Shashwat Anand filed the plea at the Supreme Court to take suo moto cognizance of the report of a student who was unable to take the entrance exams conducted by the National Testing Agency (NTA) because he was 10 minutes late. The plea further urges the Apex Court to direct NTA to allow “and facilitate the same to appear in such examinations on further dates”.
The plea also urged that states be instructed to assist in making necessary transportation arrangements for students who wish to take the re-exam, and for those who live in remote places.
The petitioners have also sought the court to exercise its Article 142 jurisdiction to lay down certain guidelines in relation to the conduct of retests for entrance exams like NEET, JEE, among others, where the students miss the chance of taking the exams due to some sufficient cause.
It is to be noted that for many aspirants, 2020 was also the last year to attempt national-level entrance exams. The plea also seeks recourse for students who have been impacted.
According to an NTA report, around 1.5 million candidates had enrolled for NEET, and out of them 85 to 90% appeared for the exam on September 13 across the nation. This year, NEET attendance figures are higher than the JEE (Main), which was around 74%.
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