Press Trust of India|Oct 23, 2021
JEE Main, NEET 2020: SC dismisses review petition, exams as scheduled
NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court of India today dismissed the review petition by six states challenging its August 17 order demanding postponement of COVID-19 cases in the country, reported Live Law.
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Earlier on August 28, with huge demand from the students and parents, Chief Ministers of six opposition ruled states approached the Supreme Court demanding postponement of JEE Main and NEET 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic in the country.
The apex court today held an ‘in-chamber’ hearing, where only Judges were present as no lawyer was allowed to attend or argue.
The review plea was filed by Chief Ministers of West Bengal, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, Punjab, Rajasthan and Maharashtra. The review petition was filed after the SC dismissed a PIL by students seeking postponement of the two national level engineering and medical entrance examinations to December. The SC allowed NTA to hold NEET and JEE exams in September.
Meanwhile, the National Testing Agency has begun the JEE Main 2020 from September 1. The JEE Main is scheduled between September 1-6, while NEET is scheduled to be held on September 13.
Earlier students from all over the country protested and raised their voice to postpone the NEET and JEE Main 2020. However, keeping the students future and impact on studies the Supreme Court gave orders to conduct NEET and JEE Main with well-defined SOP.
Defending the decision of SC, education minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ also released a video last week stating that a large number of candidates and parents wanted to take the entrance examinations.
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