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Petition Filed at Supreme Court On Conducting NEET 2020 After COVID-19 Subsides

After parents writing to Dr Ramesh Pokhriyal, now students have started their petition against conducting NEET 2020 amid COVID-19. 11 students of 11 states have filed a petition at Supreme Court demanding further postponement of NEET 2020 and JEE Main until the COVID-19 pandemic is under control in India. The petition was filed by Advocate Alakh Alok Srivastav on behalf of all the 11 students. The grounds of petition are indefinite postponement of CLAT and cancellation of board exams by the government.

Previously, a group of parents had written to Education Minister, Dr Ramesh Pokhriyal, demanding that the entrance exams like NEET 2020 and JEE Main be cancelled amid COVID-19, as it poses a health risk to their children and the whole family. In a recent report, KCET was held in various districts in Kerala where almost 60 asymptomatic students were found COVID-19 positive. Important thing to note here is that the number of appearing candidates was almost 1.5 lakh, around 10% of NEET (UG) candidates.

On the other hand, many students want to get over with the exams as not conducting the exams could be detrimental for their career. It could affect the whole academic year for them and delay their studies.

As per the petition filed at Supreme Court, there are three major demands of students-

  1. Entrance Exams such as NEET must be conducted only after order is re-established post the COVID-19 crisis.
  2. Test centres must be increased. There should be at least one exam centre in each district of India.
  3. Students and aspirants of NEET (UG) or JEE Main should be provided a fresh opportunity to fill application forms and select exam centres from scratch.

Currently, NEET (UG) 2020 is scheduled for 13th September 2020, after multiple postponements. The NEET 2020 Admit Card might be released 15 days before the exam date, which could be near the end of August. Do comment over what should be proposed by the government!