Supreme Court rejects plea of 6 non-BJP states against holding of NEET-JEE exams

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Friday rejected a petition by cupboard ministers of six non-BJP dominated states in search of assessment of its August 17 order permitting holding of NEET-UG and JEE (Mains) examinations.

The SC bench of Justices Ashok Bhushan, B R Gavai and Krishna Murari refused to entertain the assessment petition filed by minister’s from West Bengal, Maharashtra, Jharkhand, Punjab , Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh saying there isn’t a advantage within the plea.

Cabinet ministers from Maharashtra, Punjab, Rajasthan, West Bengal, Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand had moved the SC on final Friday in search of deferment of NEET-UG and JEE (Main) to guard over 25 lakh college students from critical well being danger given the rising quantity of infections and deaths from Covid-19.

The petitioners contended that if the August 17 order isn’t reviewed, then grave and irreparable hurt and harm would befall the scholar group of the nation and it’ll impression well being, welfare and security of the scholars/candidates showing for the NEET/JEE examinations.

The Joint Entrance Examination (JEE)-Main, which was earlier deferred twice in view of Covid-19 pandemic, is now underway — from September 1 to 6.

The JEE-Main is the primary massive-scale examination to be performed within the nation amid the pandemic.

Over 9 lakh candidates have registered for the examination for admission to engineering programs in IITs, NITs and Centrally Funded Technical Institutions (CFTIs).

The National Testing Agency has taken a number of steps to conduct the essential examination safely: growing the quantity of examination centres, alternate seating plans, fewer candidates per room and staggered entry and exit, amongst others.

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