On Thursday, the Supreme Court (SC) refused to postpone the Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering or GATE exam 2022. Due to Covid restrictions in various areas of the country, the exam is scheduled to be conducted on 5 February 2022.
To clarify, Justices DY Chandrachud, Surya Kant, and Vikram Nath said, “Postponing GATE exam 2022 just 48 hours before the examination schedule shall result in chaos. Also, we cannot take a chance on the students’ careers. As students have prepared for it.
Further, the bench adds, “When to conduct examinations and when not, it is the matter of academic policy. Therefore, the court can not intervene in this issue.”
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OVER 20K STUDENTS SIGNS THE PETITION TO POSTPONE THE EXAM
This year, 9 lakh candidates will appear for the examination. Out of this, over 20,000 students signed the online petition. The petition was to postpone the GATE examination for this year.
Earlier, on Wednesday, the top court consented to hear the plea of postponing the GATE exam. As per the plea, 9 lakh students will give the exam at 200 centers. Though, till now the authorities have not put out strict Covid guidelines for tests.
Besides, the GATE exam is to examine the understanding of several undergraduate subjects in engineering and science. It is conducted to take admission in master courses or programs. Also, for recruitment by some PSUs.