6 states want Supreme Court to review decision on JEE, NEET 2020 examination

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New Delhi : Six opposition-ruled states have knocked the Supreme Court door, seeking a review on order permitting the centre to conduct NEET medical entrance exam and JEE for admission to the IITs amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The six states which have approached the Supreme Court are West Bengal, Jharkhand, Rajasthan, Chattisgarh, Punjab and Maharashtra.  

Recently, the Supreme Court had rejected a petition filed by 11 students from 11 states, raising similar demand to postpone the examinatons till situation improves in the nation.

"Life cannot be stopped. We have to move ahead with all safeguards and all... Are students ready to waste one whole year? Education should be opened up. Covid may continue for a year more. Are you going to wait another year? Do you know what the loss to the country and peril to the students is?," the Supreme Court had said.

At an online meeting called by Congress president Sonia Gandhi and Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday, the Chief Ministers had expressed concern that states would be blamed and the Centre would put the onus of conducting the exams on them, including arranging transportation and accommodation for students.

Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren had said the "burden" of the centre's move to push ahead with JEE and NEET would "ultimately land on our head".

Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Thursday said that he did not favour a gap year, but just postponement by two or three months. "A gap year will be difficult. We cannot have double exams next year. All we are asking for is a two-three month delay," Mr Singh told NDTV.

Both JEE and NEET examinations are scheduled to happened next month. NTA has already released the admit cards for it.

While the JEE is scheduled from September 1 to 6, the NEET exam is scheduled for September 13.