The Supreme Court today rejected for the second time request to postpone the engineering and medical exams JEE (joint entrance exam) and NEET (National Eligibility cum entrance test) on account of the coronavirus crisis.
Around 16 lakh students have been registered for the engineering entrance exam form all around the country. This time the petition was filled by six opposition-ruled states against the court to put off the exams for the safety of students.
Some of the states had decided to request the court to decide on the interest of students. But the states have claimed that the top court failed to secure students. Justices Shok Bhashan, BR Hadvaid, and Krishna Miraroad said “There is no merit in the petition” after considering it in their chambers.
The top court said “we have carefully gone through the review petitions and the connected papers. We find no merit in the review petition and the same are accordingly dismissed “. The Supreme Court has refused to interfere with the medical and engineering entrance exams saying “life must go on” and “students can’t lose a precious year due to the pandemic”. JEE exam will start from 1st of September till the 6th of September and the NEET exams will be held on the 13th of September.
The minister of six states had said that the Supreme Court’s order failed to secure student’s “right to life” and ignored “teething logistical difficulties” to be faced in conducting the exams during the coronavirus pandemic.