JEE Main, NEET: Supreme Court to hear postponement case tomorrow, Sep 4

In a sudden development over the postponement of JEE Main 2020 and NEET 2020 issue, the Supreme Court has decided to hear the review petition filed by six states ruled by non-BJP parties against its order allowing the Central Government to conduct medical and engineering entrance exams -Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) and the National Entrance Eligibility Test (NEET) on Friday, September 4, 2020.

Interestingly, the JEE Main already started on September 1 across India.

Already students attended JEE Main exams for three days from September 1 to 3. These exams are scheduled till September 6.

Students, parents and others wonder why Supreme Court had taken up this issue now after exams were held for three days and what they would get out of this hearing now at this stage.

However, this brought hope to students and their parents appearing for NEET 2020 scheduled on September 13. They hope that Supreme Court would postpone NEET 2020 at least now. Students appearing for JEE Advanced likely to be held in September-end or early October are also hoping Supreme Court to postpone JEE Advanced.

The Supreme Court on August 17, 2020 had refused the plea for postponement of JEE Main, NEET.

Since Justice Arun Mishra has retired, who had passed the order being challenged, the new bench will be led by Justice Ashok Bhushan. The matter will be considered in Judges chamber as per rules.

Six state government ministers of Maharashtra, West Bengal, Jharkhand, Punjab, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh had approached the apex court on 28 August seeking review of its 17 August order. These ministers belong to non-BJP ruled states and have filed a review petition in the apex court for postponement of JEE-NEET exams.

he states argued that the previous order fails to secure the safety, security and right to life of the students appearing for the exams. It also ignored the teething logistical difficulties in conducting the examinations at the proposed dates. The order failed to balance the competing, but equally important aspects of conducting the examination, and securing safety of the students, they added. They said the previous order fails to ensure mandatory safeguards are put in place during the conduct of the examinations.