Review Petition was filed by six ministers of opposition ruled states. They moved to the Supreme Court against its order to conduct JEE and NEET entrance examination 2020.
On Friday, the Ministers filed a review petition in order to make a plea to the apex court to conduct the national level entrance examinations. Due to the prevailing pandemic, it would not be safe for students to appear for the examinations.
The Review Petition
The states which filed the review petition are Bengal (Moloy Ghatak), Jharkhand (Rameshwar Oraon), Rajasthan (Raghu Sharma), Chhattisgarh (Amarjeet Bhagat), Punjab (B S Sidhu) and Maharashtra (Uday Ravindra Sawant).
The National Testing Agency (NTA) adamant on its decision to conduct JEE and NEET in September. Protests against the engineering and medical entrance exams are surging high.
As per reports, over 24 lakh candidates will take JEE Main and NEET exams this year. According to official data, 11.49 students have downloaded the NEET 2020 admit cards. Till now, 7.6 lakh candidates have already downloaded the JEE Main 2020 admit card. Summing together, the total number of candidates is about 19 lakhs.
From climate activist Greta Thunberg to ministers of several Indian states, politicians have joined students’ voices. Unitedly they demanded to postpone the two exams. Recently, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee defied the idea of conducting exams amid a pandemic.
Also, Delhi’s Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia demanded to postpone these examinations. In addition to this, he also urged the center to devise alternative methods to select students for medical and engineering courses.
However, NTA (National Testing Agency) has asserted that they have done enough arrangements for the conduction of exams. NTA has also said that over 99% of aspirants have been selected as their “first choice of center cities”. Moreover, they assured the candidates regarding the exams’ execution.
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