Honourable Supreme Court refuses postponement of NEET 2020

Date: 17-Aug-2020

The Honourable Supreme Court dismissed a petition seeking further postponement of NEET UG 2020, scheduled to be held on 13 September 2020. 

The Apex Court said the postponement of NEET UG 2020 will put the students’ career in peril. Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, representing the National Testing Agency (NTA), which is the exam conducting body, assured the court that all necessary precaution will be taken in view of Covid-19 pandemic. On the assurance given by NTA, the court observed that the exam must go on with all protections in place.

The 11 students from 11 states, who filed the petition, contended that there is an alarming spurt of COVID-19 cases in India and in view of which they seeking directions for the NTA to conduct NEET UG 2020 only after normalcy is restored in our country, post COVID-19 crisis. The students also sought to increase the number of NEET UG 2020 exam centres across the country. The Advocate Alakh Alok Srivastava who represented the students, argued that the students are looking to the top court for relief. 

The petition filed through Advocate Alakh Alok Srivastava had alleged that the respondents have arbitrarily overlooked that most of the parents of the affected students are facing utmost financial distress due to reduced financial opportunities amid COVID-19 crisis. In such a situation, further burdening them with the cost of Transportation, Accommodation and Medical Treatment of their wards, for appearing in the NEET UG examination unfair.

The petitioners had also alleged that the exam conducting body has ignored the plight of lakhs of students belonging to Bihar, Assam and North Eastern States, which are presently witnessing flood and thus conducting exam in such places, is not possible. However, the apex court bench headed by Justice Arun Mishra ordered for the dismissal of the petition and said “Career of students cannot be put under jeopardy for long."

 

Source: TOI
 

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