It has been more than 6 months, and COVID 19 is continuing its havoc worldwide. But since it is unbearably constricting the economy and livelihood, states are gearing up to reside back to normal functioning with safety measures. Yet, the populace is frantically against going back to the new “normal”, especially the student fraternity. Lately, there were a number of petitions filed in Supreme Court against conducting final year exams online.
Now at least 11 aspirants have filed a petition seeking the postponement of National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) and the Joint Entrance Exam (JEE) which is scheduled to be held though in offline mode but amid the pandemic in September 2020.
The Bench comprising of Justice Arun Mishra, BR Gavai and Krishna Murari heard the petition which also seeks direction for the National Testing Agency (NTA) to conduct exams only after normalcy returns.
Appearing for the petitioners, Advocate Alakh Alok Shrivastava contended that they aren’t looking for the indefinite postponement but waiting for normalcy to return, to which the Bench remarked, that the normalcy the petitioner seeks is indefinite and the exams will be conducted with all safeguards as submitted (by the respondent) then that’s the new normalcy. Justice Arun Mishra even questioned the petitioners “Are you ready to waste one whole year?”
Solicitor General Tushar Mehta appeared for the NTA and submitted the safeguards that would be taken while conducting the examinations pan India, after which the Court dismissed the plea.