New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday dismissed a plea seeking postponement of JEE (Main) April 2020 and NEET-Undergraduate examinations, which are scheduled to be conducted in September, amid spurt in number of COVID-19 cases, saying the precious year of students “cannot be wasted” and life has to go on.
A three-judge bench headed by Justice Arun Mishra said the career of students “cannot be put under jeopardy for long”. “Life has to go on. Life has to move ahead. Precious year of students cannot be wasted,” the bench, also comprising Justices B R Gavai and Krishna Murari, said during the hearing conducted through video conferencing while paving the way for the commencement of the exams as scheduled.
Solicitor General Tushar Mehta told the apex court that due precautions and all safeguards would be taken while conducting these examinations.
The counsel appearing for the petitioners told the bench that lakhs of students are looking towards the top court for relief and they were only seeking postponement of these exams The plea, filed by 11 students belonging to 11 states, had sought quashing of the July 3 notices issued by the NTA, by which it was decided to conduct the JEE (Main) April 2020 and NEET -Undergraduate exams in September.