The plea counters the assertions on pandemic-created problems for the conduct of the exams by pointing out that several tests have already been executed by the NTA and other bodies across the country.
A body of students’ parents has proceeded the Supreme Court aiming a direction to the National Testing Agency and the Ministry of Education to ensure that NEET UG-20 and JEE (Main)-20 are held in September 2020 as informed in the 2nd schedule.
The plea under Article 32 by the Gujarat Parents Association has been drawn and filed by Advocate on Record Jaikriti S Jadeja and is to be argued by Advocate Mitul K Shelat.
The plea seeks to bring out the unfavorable impact that will ensue if the Entrance exams are further postponed, in particular, the loss of an academic year for students of the 2020-2021 batch.
This plea comes promptly after a group of 11 NEET-UG and JEE candidates moved the Supreme Court seeking the cancellation of the September exams in view of the rising number of coronavirus infections. These students have prayed that the exams be suspended to a time when the COVID-19 pandemic has subsided and normality has returned.
On the other hand, the parents’ petition states that there is a prominent need for the NTA to fasten to the 2nd revised schedule and conduct the all India basis NEET UG-2020 and the JEE (Main) for UG-2020 as it is a settled position that the admission procedure is time-bound and the entire admission plan is time regulated process mandated by the judgments of the Apex Court.
The plea states that the strategy of admission is different in as much as it contemplates a 3-tier structure to be followed in a statutorily regulated time-frame.
The petition lays priority on the fact that the students have rigidly been preparing for the NEET / JEE exams for the last 3 years, ever since they were in Class 10. Thus, it is urged there should be no delay in completing the exams.
The plea counters assertions on pandemic-created complications for the conduct of the exam by bringing up that several tests have already been conducted by the NTA and other bodies across the nation.
The petition also seeks to bring parity, given that the University Grants Commission (UGC) has disclosed ‘Revised Guidelines on Examinations and Academic Calendar for the Universities in view of COVID-19 Pandemic’ dated July 6, whereby it has demanded all universities to complete the examinations for final year students by the end of September 2020.
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The plea makes a case for non-postponement of exams by also arguing that NTA public notice dated 03.07.2020 seeks to deal with various concerns of the Students due to the COVID-19 situation and has opened the online application window for aspirants to alter/change their Candidate particulars including the option of Centre Cities, with best undertakings to allow the city of examination to the candidates as per their choice now opted for in the application.”