In a recent development, a petition has been filed in the Supreme Court (SC) to instruct National Testing Agency (NTA) to allow the students to appear in the test once again who could not reach their examination centers due to one reason or another.

The petition has been filed by Shaswat Anand, a lawyer who was pained by an incident when a student failed to reach the examination center by 10 minutes and he was not allowed to take the exam. The lawyer has enough reasons to believe that the number of such students cannot be just one. He requested the Apex Court to take Suo Moto cognizance of the report of the students who could not make it to the test centers. The plea further requests the SC to direct NTA to permit and facilitate the students to appear in such exams on further dates.

It is worth mentioning that the case may have happened to many students who were set to avail their last attempt in this career in 2020. The petition seeks recourse for such students who have been impacted due to any form of uncertainty. The lawyer also shows his concerns for the applicants for JEE Main in 2020 that may have missed the chance whose test was held from September 1 to September 6 and the result of the same has also been released. Meanwhile, NEET 2020 was conducted on September 13. Results are awaited for the undergraduate medical/ dental entrance examination.

Due to the pandemic outbreak this year, NTA had made many student-friendly provisions for the safe conduct of exams. However, it is worth mentioning that many students decided to skip the test and many could not appear due to unknown or uncertain events. The SC is to hear the petition on a date that it is yet to announce.