NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court will hear a plea sought the postponement of JEE Main 2020 and NEET UG examinations — which are scheduled to be conducted in September amid the Covid-19 pandemic — today i.e., August 17, 2020. The plea will be heard by the SC Bench headed by Justice Arun Mishra.

The plea, filed on August 6, by 11 students belonging to 11 states, had sought the quashing of the public notices released by the National Testing Agency on July 3, in which it was decided to hold the JEE Main and NEET UG exams in September. The petitioners also urged the court to direct the Centre to hold JEE and NEET examinations only after normalcy is restored in the country.

The plea had cited that, conducting the JEE Main and NEET examination across the country at such perilous time is nothing else but putting lives of lakhs of young students (including petitioners herein) at utmost risk and danger of disease and death. It also said that the best recourse at this stage can be to wait for some more time, let the COVID-19 crisis subside and then only conduct these exams, to save the lives of the students and their parents.

Issuing a notice on July 3, the NTA had said the JEE Main will be conducted from September 1 to 6 and NEET UG 2020 will be held on September 13, 2020.

The plea filed by advocate Alakh Alok Srivastava had also said “While deciding to conduct the aforesaid JEE (Main) April-2020 and NEET UG-2020 exams in September 2020, the respondents (NTA and others) have overlooked that many states have refused to allow conducting of any professional or non-professional exams in their states at this stage and hence the same is likely to cause unimaginable harassment to the petitioners and other similarly situated students.”

(With inputs from Agencies)