The Supreme Court Advocate, Mr Alakh Alok Srivastava has now written a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Education Minister Dr Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’. In his letter, he has requested PM Modi and Dr Pokhriyal to postpone the JEE Main and NEET exams amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
This comes after the recent nod given by the Supreme Court of India to NTA to conduct the exams without any further delay. Soon after the verdict, NTA released JEE Main April/September 2020 Admit Cards for candidates.
Advocate Alakh had previously filed a plea at Supreme Court of India on behalf of 11 students to postpone the JEE Main 2020 and NEET (UG) 2020 exams due to the alarming rise in COVID-19 cases in the country. However, the apex court rejected the plea citing that the “Career of Students Will Be Under Peril” if they are not allowed to take the entrance exams. Students might even lose the entire academic year.
Alakh Alok Srivastava has also tweeted that he shall be writing another letter to the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) today i.e. 19th Aug 2020.
-Will also submit letter to NHRC today
-May approach SC again in next week
-Still Trying to get relief for u
-But u don’t stop studying
-Keep on studying pic.twitter.com/sIu9gLZIF5
— Alakh Alok Srivastava (@advocate_alakh) August 19, 2020
What is in the letter?
He has given the following grounds in his letter to postpone the JEE Main exam-
- JEE & NEET Aspirants are young students of 16 to 18 years of age. Total 26 lakh students are likely to appear in the entrance exams such as JEE Main and NEET combined.
- Since students are young, parents might accompany them to Exam Centres. This will likely increase the COVID-19 cases as large gatherings will occur at the exam centres.
- Many exam centres are located far away from places of residence of a large number of candidates. Due to the unavailability of transport, students will be deprived of the opportunity to attend the JEE Main or NEET exam.
There are various other grounds in his petition which you can read here.
Provide “Special JEE Main/NEET Exam 2020”
On the grounds mentioned above the following are his demands-
- Postpone JEE Main and NEET until the normalcy is restored post-COVID-19 crisis.
- Increase the exam centres in all districts, with one centre in each district.
- Alternatively, provide a “Special JEE Main or NEET exam 2020” for those aspirants who might not be able to attend the September exams due to COVID-19.
You can read the demands mentioned in the letter here.
After all these requests, it seems highly unlikely that the Government will reverse a decision taken by the Supreme Court of India. Moreover, JEE Main Admit Cards are already released which means the exam will not be delayed anymore.