Supreme Court Monday said the NEET medical entrance exam for admission into medical courses and the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) for this year’s admission into the prestigious IITs will be as per schedule.
Dismissing a petition by 11 students to defer the exam citing the coronavirus crisis, the apex court said: “The careers of students cannot be put under jeopardy.” The two exams are scheduled to be conducted in September.
“Life cannot be stopped. We have to move ahead with all safeguards and all… Are students ready to waste one whole year? Education should be opened up. COVID may continue for a year more. Are you going to wait another year? Do you know what the loss to the country and peril to the students is?,” said Justice Arun Mishra, who headed a three-judge bench of the Supreme Court.
The 11 students from 11 states, who filed the petition, had wanted the authorities to be asked to conduct the exams only after normalcy is restored. The students also sought to increase the number of examination centres for NEET and JEE across the country.
Alak Alok Srivastava, the lawyer who represented the students, argued that the students are looking to the top court for relief.
Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, who represented the National Testing Agency (NTA) informed the court that all safeguards will be taken for conducting the exams.
While the JEE is scheduled from September 1 to 6, the NEET exam is scheduled for September 13.