The prayer seeks review of the judgment and final order dated August 17, 2020, passed by the apex court. Alternatively, it also prays for any other order as the court “may deem fit and proper in the circumstances of the case.”The National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) is scheduled to be held on September 13, while the engineering entrance exam JEE Main has been planned from September 1-6. The exams have been deferred twice due to the coronavirus pandemic. It was last week when the Supreme Court had dismissed a plea seeking postponement of the two exams amid COVID-19 pandemic, saying a “precious” academic year of students “cannot be wasted” and that life has to go on. Despite the court’s decision, students continue to voice their anger against holding the exams at a time when the cases are at an all-time high. Students have also cited major concerns such as the lack of transportation and flood situation in some states.
A review petition was filed before the Supreme Court on Friday by ministers from six non-BJP-ruled states challenging an August 17 order of Supreme Court which had allowed the central government to hold the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) and Joint Entrance Examinations (JEE) in September despite the prevailing Covid -19 situation. The review petitioners stated that the Supreme Court, in its August 17 order, failed to consider the safety and security of students who are slated to appear for NEET and JEE and also failed to take into account the logistical difficulties in conducting the examinations.
Six Ministers of opposition-ruled states on Friday moved the Supreme Court seeking review of its order permitting the Centre to conduct NEET 2020 and JEE Main 2020 in September Amid COVID-19 pandemic. The six ministers who have filed the petition are Moloy Ghatak (West Bengal), Dr. Rameshwar Oraon (Jharkhand), Dr. Raghu Sharma (Rajasthan), Amarjeet Bhagat (Chhattisgarh), Balbir Singh Sidhu (Punjab) and Uday Ravindra Samant (Maharashtra). Six state cabinet ministers from West Bengal, Jharkhand, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh, Punjab and Maharashtra have filed a review petition in the Supreme Court against the August 17 order which had dismissed the plea to postpone NEET and JEE exams scheduled in September. Advocate Sunil Fernandes filed the petition on behalf of the ministers which stated that the SC order fails to “secure the safety, security and Right to Life of the students appearing for the NEET and JEE exams”. It further added that the apex court ignored the “teething logistical difficulties in conducting the examinations at the proposed dates” and “failed to balance the competing but equally important aspects of conducting the examination and securing the safety of the students.
On August 17, a bench comprising Justices Arun Mishra, B R Gavai and Krishna Murari had dismissed the writ petition Sayantan Biswas and Others vs National Testing Agency (NTA) and others and added, “We find that there is absolutely no justification in the prayer made for postponement of the examination in question relating to NEET 2020 as well as JEE (Main) April 2020. In our opinion, though there is the pandemic situation, ultimately life has to go and the career of the students cannot be put on peril for the long and full academic year cannot be wasted”. Challenging this order, the review petitioners said, “The only two reasons that can be discerned from the Impugned Order for dismissal of the Writ Petitions are: Students should not lose an academic year. With utmost respect, both the reasons, even if cumulatively taken, do not constitute an authoritative and comprehensive judicial scrutiny of the list at hand”, the plea stated. The JEE (Main) exams are scheduled from September 1 to 6 and the NEET exam is scheduled on September 13. Amid a wide campaign launched by several students in social media seeking the postponement of exams, the National Testing Agency announced its decision to go ahead with the exams as per the announced dates,
- Rahul Gandhi tweets video in favour of the students, says “NEET-JEE aspirants’ safety should not be compromised due to the failures of the Govt. Govt must listen to all stakeholders and arrive at a consensus.”
- The plea by the six cabinet ministers state that when classroom teaching is suspended all across the country, holding such a large scale exam shows “non-application of mind”
- The review petition has been filed against the SC order dated 17.08.2020 whereby the Central Govt has been permitted to conduct JEE, NEET. There are six petitioners – rom six different states, who have filed in their individual capacity.
- Congress holds protest outside Shastri Bhawan against holding of the JEE & NEET examinations in September. Increasing the number of examination centres, an alternative seating plan, fewer candidates per room and staggered entry and exit are among the steps the NTA will take for safely conducting the NEET and JEE in September.
- “We have received mails from students and parents who are in favour of holding the exams, as they have been preparing for the exams for at least two to three years. The Supreme Court too opined that a full academic year cannot be wasted. After two deferments, the exam dates have been finalised,” Nishank said.
- Nishank said over 17 lakh candidates have already downloaded their admit cards for JEE and NEET, and this shows that the students want the exams to be conducted at any cost.
- On Thursday, Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank said that JEE and NEET exams will happen as per schedule in September.
- Chief Ministers of seven non-BJP ruled states will jointly move the Supreme Court against JEE, NEET exams today