In a major development, the Supreme Court has rejected the review petition filed by the ministers of six non-BJP lead states to postpone and to reschedule the JEET and NEET-UG 2020 on September 04, 2020. It is good to mention that the JEE 2020 was scheduled to be held from September 1-6, 2020, and the NEET-UG is all set to be held on September 13, 2020.
In the meanwhile the first phase of the JEET 2020 was successfully taken throughout the country on September 1, 2020, The cabinet ministers of these states include West Bengal Law Minister Maloy Ghatak, Jharkhand Finance Minister Rameswar Oraon, Rajasthan Health Minister Dr. Raghu Sharma, Maharashtra Education Minister Uday R Samant, Punjab Health Minister Balbir Singh Sidhu, and Chhattisgarh Food Minister Amarjeet Bhagat.
While filing the review petition, the ministers appealed to the Apex Court to postpone the scheduled exams in the light of the COVID-19 threat. In their petition, the ministers had claimed that the top court order failed to protect students’ “right to life” and overlooked “teething logistical difficulties” to be encountered in conducting the exams during the COVID-19 pandemic.
It is good to mention that the Supreme Court had earlier rejected a similar petition that was moved by 11 students from 11 states in the country. The Apex Court reiterated its stand mentioning that the government has no right to damage the career of the engineering and medical aspirants by postponing the exams any further. Additionally, the Court has directed the National Testing Agency to make every possible effort to ensure the safe conduction of the exams.