The Supreme Court rejected a plea which was filed by 11 students belonging to 11 states seeking the postponement of JEE and NEET 2020 exams due to COVID-19.
The bench was headed by Justice Arun Mishra, who said, “life has to go on” despite COVID19 and the court cannot put career of students in peril by interfering with the decision of the National Testing Agency.
The three-judge bench which also comprised of justices BR Gavai and Krishna Murari said, “Career of students cannot be put in peril. We find no merit in the petition. The petition is dismissed”
“You (lawyers) have demanded opening of physical courts. But you want exams to be postponed. Postponement of exams is a loss for country,” the bench said.
Petitioner’s lawyer Alakh Alok Srivastava said that vaccine for COVID19 is “on its way” and he is not seeking an indefinite postponement of the exams. But the bench found no merit in the case.
The plea read, "Conducting JEE and NEET at this stage will put lives of lakhs of young students in danger."
“The best recourse at this stage can be to wait for some more time, let COVID-19 Crisis subside and then only conduct these exams, in order to save the lives of the students and their parents,”
As per the public notices notified by the NTA, JEE (Mains) 2020 exam is scheduled to be held from September 1-6, while the NEET-UG 2020 exam is scheduled for September 13.