National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) and the Joint Entrance Exam (JEE) examinations will be held as per the schedule in September, the Supreme Court has said.
Rejecting plea, which sought further delay the exam amidst Covid-19, a bench headed by Justice Arun Mishra said the court was mindful of the COVID-19 pandemic but a whole year of students could not go waste, thereby jeopardising their career prospects.
“Life cannot be stopped. We have to move ahead with all safeguards and all…Career of students cannot be put under jeopardy indefinitely,” remarked the bench.
The Apex Court further said that Covid-19 is here to stay probably for another year. “But students’ careers cannot be indefinitely postponed. Six months have already elapsed in Covid,” added the court, noting that the national law entrance exams, CLAT, is now scheduled for September like many other exams.
The court also enquired from Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, who on behalf of the Centre and the National Testing Agency (NTA) – the agency for conducting exams, stated that they affirm their stand on conduct of exams as per the schedule in September. Mehta assured the bench that all necessary precautions will be taken in conducting exams.