A group of parents’ body has now moved the Supreme Court of India, requesting the apex body to instruct NTA to conduct the entrance exams for engineering and medical i.e. JEE Main 2020 and NEET (UG) 2020, as per the revised schedule of September 2020. As per the reports, the plea was filed by Advocate Jaikriti S Jadeja on behalf of Gujarat Parents Association under Article 32. It is to be noted that this plea comes a few days after 11 students moved SC demanding postponement of JEE Main, amid COVID-19 pandemic.
As per the new petition filed by parents, a further postponement of entrance exams such as JEE Main 2020 could have a larger and adverse impact on the education of students. It will result in the loss in the academic year of 2020-21 due to abnormal delay in admissions and thus, result in loss of important learning.
“Admission Process is Time Bound”
It states that NTA must conduct the JEE Main 2020 as per the revised schedule. The exam has been postponed thrice in this year resulting in a loss of 5 months of academic calendar. The conduct of these exams by NTA is utmost needed “as the admission process is time bound” and the complete admission process for engineering institutes and medical institutes is to be conducted within a given time period. Supreme Court judgements and order makes the admission and counselling process compulsory.
The whole process is divided into 3-tier structure and must be followed within the time frame.“There is no gainsaying in the fact that each stage of the above-mentioned process is vulnerable to errors and consequent challenges, having a direct impact on the academic sessions”, the plea states.
“Further Delay Could Impact Performance”
It also emphasises on the fact that many students have been rigorously preparing for the JEE Main and NEET (UG) exams since the past 3 years. Delay in conducting these exams impacts their career and life. The students are already stressed due to the pandemic and further delay will add to their stress levels. There will be unpredictability of their future and hence, their performance in exams could be impacted as well.
The conduct of JEE Main and NEET is followed on the grounds of several exams that have been conducted by NTA and other exams conducting bodies amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Moreover, it argues that NTA has re-opened the JEE Main Form Correction Facility multiple times in the past to ensure students have the opportunity to revise their exam city preferences.
Currently, JEE Main 2020 has been scheduled from 1st to 6th September 2020, as the authority expected decrease in the daily cases of COVID-19 until September. However, there has been a consistent rise in daily cases now reaching more than 62,000. The government or Ministry of Education is yet to respond to both the filed petitions.