In a major development, the Supreme Court refused to entertain a batch of pleas seeking deferment or cancellation of the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET), scheduled to be held on September 13.
A bench headed by Justice Ashok Bhushan said that the authorities will take all necessary steps for conducting the NEET-undergraduate entrance exam amid the COVID-19 pandemic for admission in medical courses. “Sorry, we are not inclined to entertain,” the bench said, dismissing the review petitions.
The apex court had on September 4 dismissed petitions, including one filed by ministers of six opposition-ruled states, seeking review of its August 17 order which had paved the way for holding NEET and JEE exams.
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Presenting a fresh plea for deferring the exam and requesting for more centres, the senior lawyers of the Supreme Court made last ditch effort to bring relief to students who have been seeking to postpone NEET 2020 amid the Coronavirus scare.
The National Testing Agency (NTA) had recently conducted JEE Main 2020 examination, following which students and experts had questioned how would social distancing be maintained when more number of aspirants would sit for the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test for medical courses.