“Life should move on even in this tough COVID-19 times,” says Justice Arun Mishra.
JEE Main 2020 is the entrance exam for admission into engineering institutes, while NEET 2020, held for admission to undergraduate medical courses.
There were two petitions signed amid the COVID-19 pandemic in regards to the exam schedule-
- Seeking the conduct of both JEE and NEET exams with the adequate precautions, so that there is no ground to be interfered with the policy decision.
- Postponement of these above exams as it will result in putting lives of lakhs of young students at utmost danger and risk of disease and death.
The petitioners also requested the supreme court to increase the NEET and JEE examination centres across the entire nation and to have at least one examination centre in one district of each state.
Therefore, NEET and JEE preparation can’t wait for the COVID-19 crisis to be subsided and then conduction of exams to be held as it will result in the loss of our youth academic year as well as loss to our country at the same time.
However, postponement of NEET and JEE Main 2020 is dismissed as supreme court of India believes that it will put the ‘career of students in peril’. It says that careers can’t be put in jeopardy due this unfortunate COVID-19 scenario.
Hence a notice issued on July 3, NTA (National Testing Agency declared that JEE Main will be conducted from September 1 to 6 and NEET UG 2020 will be conducted online on September 13, 2020.