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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!
In the wake of COVID-19 pandemic, around 11 students of 11 States have petitioned at the Supreme Court for rescheduling JEE Main 2020 beyond September. There has been constant resistance from students on Twitter and other social media platforms over conducting JEE Main and NEET entrance exams amid COVID-19. Meanwhile, there has been no response from the government over this issue.
Anubha Sahai, Chief of Parents’ Association spoke on the issue. “Students across India want deferment of JEE and NEET 2020 because of COVID-19 cases growing rapidly. 11 students from 11 different states have petitioned at the Supreme Court to provide some relief. We hope that the apex court will give justice to these students,” she said.
Fresh Opportunity To Fill Exam Forms
The petition was filed by Advocate Alakh Alok Srivastava, who is representing these 11 students. As per the petition, students want the ‘exams should be conducted only after normalcy is re-established in India post the COVID-19 crisis’. They also demand that the number of test centres must be increased and at least one exam centre must be established in all the districts of the country. Along with this, the petition also says that aspirants of JEE Main and NEET must get the opportunity to fill fresh application forms and choose exam centres once again.
-On behalf of 11 students from 11 States, today I have filed a Petition in Supreme Court
-To Conduct it after COVID subsides
-Increase Exam Centres
-Give fresh opportunity to aspirants to fill Form
— Alakh Alok Srivastava (@advocate_alakh) August 6, 2020
Many students are providing reasons over the risks of conducting entrance exams at such huge levels. Students are citing reasons for KCET, where almost 60 asymptomatic students were found COVID-19 positive. Students are posting tweets with the hashtag #SaveJEE_NEETstudentsPM
We don’t have trust on your SOP after KCET failure.
SOP is only on papers!!!
Nobody will come to check after exam if you are safe or not!!
— The Penchill Man (@penchillman) August 6, 2020
The basis for postponement of JEE Main 2020 was that many other exams have already been cancelled or postponed indefinitely. CLAT 2020 has been postponed indefinitely, and major board exams have been cancelled amid COVID-19. This can be taken as valid grounds for cancellation of JEE Main and NEET exams too.
In yet another relief to students, Mr Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ has announced that the JEE Main 2020 and JEE Advanced 2020 have been postponed. This decision was taken ‘keeping in mind the safety of students’ amid the COVID-19 pandemic as mentioned in his tweet. In a live webinar today with Sunil Chettri and PV Sindhu, he mentioned that JEE Main and NEET are important exams, yet safety of students is the first priority for the government. New exam dates for JEE Main 2020 are 1st to 6th September, 2020. Whereas, JEE Advanced 2020 is now scheduled for September 27th. Along with this, he has also postponed NEET 2020, which shall now be held on 13th September 2020, a week after JEE Main.
Keeping in mind the safety of students and to ensure quality education we have decided to postpone #JEE & #NEET examinations. JEE Main examination will be held between 1st-6th Sept, JEE advanced exam will be held on 27th Sept & NEET examination will be held on 13th Sept. pic.twitter.com/klTjtBxvuw
— Dr. Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank (@DrRPNishank) July 3, 2020
Students reacted happily towards this announcement with the tweet receiving more than 16,000 likes. A lot of students thanked him for this due measure. This would help not only the students, but also the government to focus on limiting the spread of coronavirus.
— Akankshya Kar (@kar_akankshya) July 3, 2020
This seems more like a temporary relief to almost 25 lac students. Almost 10 lac students have registered for JEE Main 2020 and 15 lac students for NEET. The COVID-19 cases are spreading like wildfire every day with close to 21,000 cases found on 2nd July. Even though the government is taking extreme measures to curb this spread, it is unlikely that the situation will be in control by the end of August. A lot of students feel the decision to postpone the exam will go in vain as the government might have to postpone the exam dates again during August.
Congratulations to every student.Still there will be many mean people who may not have liked this decision, but we all know that safety first! 🙏❣️#ThankyouNTAandHRD
— Ritik Tripathi (@Ritik1511) July 3, 2020
Mr Pokhriyal has asked students to keep preparing for the exam and to not stop studying. It is imperative that students must not stop as this gives them an opportunity to improve their chances of getting a good college. There are also few opinions on admission to colleges based on 10+2 scores. Meanwhile, NTA has not yet published any public notice on JEE Main 2020. The notice might explain more on the exam shifts and releasing date of JEE Main Admit Card. Keep checking our page for the latest updates on JEE Main and JEE Advanced 2020, and stay safe!