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SC Likely To Hear Plea Demanding JEE Main Postponement on 17 August

Recently, on behalf of 11 students of 11 various states, a plea demanding postponement of JEE Main 2020 was filed by Advocate Alakh Alok Srivastava at the Supreme Court of India. Earlier the date for the hearing of this plea was set for 14th August 2020, but now as per reports, it might be heard by the apex court on 17th August. The plea has been filed in order to postpone or cancel the JEE Main and NEET 2020 entrance exams, as it is unsafe for students and parents to conduct the exams during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Along with this, Mr Srivastava also informed the conducting body of JEE Main i.e. National Testing Agency (NTA) that two intervention applications have also been filed. He expressed confidence that the students will be brought justice by the Supreme Court. Anubha Shrivastava Sahai of India Wide Parents’ Association also has written to MHRD, in favour of students.

Here’s what the petition was filed for – 

  • Entrance Exams like JEE Main & NEET must be conducted only after ‘normalcy is restored post COVID-19 crisis’
  • Exam centres in the country must be increased, with one exam centre in each district of India.
  • Students must be provided the opportunity to submit their application forms and exam centre preferences from scratch.

The petition also raised questions over why has NTA postponed National Council of Hotel Management – Joint Entrance Examination (NCHM-JEE) indefinitely amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Whereas, NTA has not postponed or cancelled the JEE Main 2020 or NEET 2020 even after daily cases are rising continuously. Moreover, the number of appearing candidates would be much higher for JEE Main or NEET than any other exam in the country.

Going against all odds, UPSC released the NDA (I) 2020 admit cards, which is scheduled for 6th September 2020. As per the official notice of NTA, JEE Main 2020 admit card will be released 15 days prior to the exam date. Which means the JEE Main admit cards might be released on 15th or 16th August.

As against this petition, another petition by Gujarat Parents’ Association was filed at Supreme Court to ensure that exams must be conducted as per the schedule. It argued that many parents are concerned about the future of their children and this non-decisive nature could affect the performance in entrance exams. Hence, the exams must be conducted as per the revised schedule from 1st to 6th September 2020, without any further delay.

What do you think about the exam dates? Should the Supreme Court Postpone JEE Main again? Should JEE Main be cancelled completely? Post your comments below!


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