The review petition urges the Supreme court to reconsider its order. It further adds that in a situation when classroom teaching has been suspended, conducting such a large scale exam shows ‘non application of mind’. A total of 6 petitions have been filed in the Supreme Court. This comes as the political parties joined the students in urging for the examinations to be postponed.
Amid several protests on JEE NEET postponement due to COVID-19 outbreak, the education minister, Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ on Wednesday said in a video that a large number of candidates and parents wanted to take the entrance examinations. He also said that following the order of the Supreme Court decision on conducting NEET, JEE exams along with the request of students as well as parents, the National Testing Agency (NTA) has decided to conduct the engineering and medical entrance examinations.
Six ministers of opposition ruled states moved to the Supreme Court seeking review of its order on conducting the entrance exams for engineering and medical entrance exam. On August 17, 2020, the SC rejected the plea to postpone JEE Main and NEET 2020 exams. With this several political parties and leaders including Mamta Banerjee-West Bengal, Amarinder Singh-Punjab, Udhav Thackrey-Maharashtra, Ashok Gahlot-Rajasthan among others demanded to postpone the exams further taking note of COVID-19 crises. Earlier the education minister also mentioned that “NTA DG has shared with me that around 7.5 lakh admit cards have been downloaded out of 8.58 lakh registrations for JEE Mains. While, within 24 hours, more than 10 lakh candidates have downloaded their hall tickets out of 15.97 lakh registered aspirants.”
Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) Main 2020 is an engineering common entrance examination which is scheduled to be held from September 1 to 6. The medical entrance test – National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) will be conducted on September 13, 2020.
The exam NEET and JEE Mains postponements have divided opinions of students, parents and faculty members, which has now turned into a political movement with the involvement of various political leaders in favour of students to postpone exams in the wake of the novel coronavirus. 6 ministers of opposition state parties have moved to the Supreme Court on Friday to review its order permitting the Centre to conduct NEET and JEE entrance exams after the normalcy COVID-19 outbreak is resolved.
Congress and its youth wing organised protests and demonstrations across the country against CEntre. Demanding for the examinations to be postponed, Addressing the students in a video posted on Twitter handle, Sonia Gandhi said, “I hope the government listens to you, listens to your voices and acts upon your wishes. This is my advice to the government,”.
Telangana and Andhra Pradesh Government, unlike the other non-BJP led states, have stayed out of the demand for NEET, JEE 2020 postponement. Students in the two states are undivided over the situation and uncertain. However, they have reconciled themselves to the exam dates. Concerns over transportation have been raised by the students, who had travelled back to their home towns. .Experts have raised questions and said that the aim of the government should be to ensure that the exams are conducted safely.
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