On 17 August, 2020 the Supreme Court rejected the plea for postponing the JEE and NEET examinations 2020, because of the Covid 19 situation. Headed by Justice Arun Mishra, the three-judge bench (comprising of justices Krishna Murari and Bhushan Ramkrishna BR Gavai) said that, life will have to move on and the court cannot in danger, the career of lakhs of students by interfering with the decision of the NTA (National Testing Agency) and dismissed the petition by saying that it has no merit.
The bench continued that the postponement of the exams will prove to be a loss for the entire country.
Though the petitioner’s lawyer argued that the vaccine for Covid-19 is soon going to come and hence he is not asking for an indeterminate postponement of the stated examinations. But the bench said that they did not find any merit in the petition.
As per the public notices notified by the NTA, JEE (Main) 2020 exam which was originally supposed to be conducted in April is scheduled to be held from September 1-6 2020, while the NEET-UG 2020, originally scheduled in May, is now scheduled to be held on September 13 2020.
The petition was filed by 11 aspirants, both NEET and JEE, belonging to 11 different states. The petition said that, the best remedy, right now, will be to wait for some more time, so that the Covid-19 Crisis wanes and then only these examinations should be conducted, so as to to save the lives of the lakhs of students and their families.
But the decision declared on 18 August 2020 by the Supreme Court, found no merit in it, and the exams are going to happen in the month of September. No further postponement!