Last updated on September 2nd, 2020 at 11:26 am
The Nagpur Bench of Bombay High Court yesterday decided not to stay the conduct of JEE Main 2020. However, the bench said that students residing in the flood-affected parts of Vidarbha region of Maharashtra, who were unable to take the JEE Main exam, can request NTA for re-examination.
Due to the critical situation of floods, the court had asked Union government, State government, NTA and Collectors of the flood-hit districts, to review this situation and postpone the exam for candidates who could not take the exam.
Undertaking Accepted by NTA
The National Testing Agency accepted an Undertaking before Bombay High Court. It said that many students who were unable to reach the JEE Main Exam Centres due to flood in Maharashtra will be allowed to send their representations.
Hence, affected candidates can file a plea to NTA through their local agency. After the representation is received by NTA, an enquiry will be made to the centre coordinator and district collector and a final decision will be out in 15 days.
The Education Minister of India, Dr Ramesh Pokhriyal, said that further postponement of the entrance exams will disrupt the entire academic year for lakhs of students. Although, he acknowledged that the flood situation in Maharashtra has been disastrous and students would be allowed to take a re-examination.
What about JEE Advanced?
The decision made by NTA poses another question. When will JEE Advanced 2020 be conducted? Will it be postponed further? Many students would send their representations for conducting a re-examination. This could also delay the results of these candidates. On a similar note, JoSAA Counselling could also be delayed.
Another solution to this could be conducting all exam activities for flood-hit areas separately. This way, the regular dates might not get affected.