Delhi HC seeks reply from Centre on JEE plea
New Delhi: The Delhi High Court issued notice to the Central Government and other respondents seeking reply to plea for JEE exams.
The plea has been filed by 67 students seeking relaxation for the students appearing in the JEE Advance criterion of "Two attempts in Two consecutive years" to the students who did not appear in the JEE (Advanced) twice or even once yet in the preceding years 2021 and 2022 be allowed to appear in the JEE (Advanced) 2023 as a special provision in JEE (Advanced) 2023 for the 2021 class 12th pass outs or its equivalent.
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The Petitioners have approached through advocate Kunal Malik and prayed for a direction to the respondents for considering the case of the Petitioners who are identically placed like that of the 12th pass out of 2020 and have been deprived of appearing in the Joint Entrance Examination
It is submitted that none of the Petitioners has availed the two attempts in two consecutive years in the preceding years.
Notably, petitioners are students who have passed their 12th class or equivalent examination in 2021 and are preparing for the JEE and 2023 for getting admission to the various IITs of the country.
It is further submitted that the class 12th pass outs of 2021 faced severe mental stress, anxiety, depression and various incompensable damages due to the fatal delta covid wave of 2021 that range from financial distress to loss of family members. This was after their education was already severely affected by the covid outbreak in 2020 for more than one year.
It is also submitted that the eligibility Criteria 3 and 4 framed by Joint Admission Board (JAB) for JEE (Advanced) 2023 is arbitrary and violative of Article 14 of the Constitution of India in regard to the relaxation granted in JEE (Advanced) 2022 for students passed out class 12 in 2020 considering that the students passed out class 12th in 2021 faced almost identical or even worse circumstances.
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Notably, many students faced hardship in Covid-19 pandemic in their studies.
The discriminatory treatment given by the Respondent to the class 12th pass outs of 2021 is nothing less than a violation of Article 14 of the Constitution of India.