Six states have filed a review petition in the Supreme Court against its decision to go ahead with the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) and Joint Entrance Exam (JEE) despite the coronavirus pandemic.
The states include – West Bengal, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Chhatisgarh, Jharkhand and Punjab. On Aug 17, the top court had refused to interfere with the conduct of medical and engineering entrance exams — NEET and JEE scheduled to take place in September saying that life must go on and students can’t lose a precious year due to the pandemic.
Meanwhile, the Congress party is holding a protests across the country against the Centre’s move to push ahead with all-India entrance exams for engineering and medical courses.
Former Congress president Rahul Gandhi asked the country to unite its voice with lakhs of suffering students. “Let’s make the Govt listen to the students,” he tweeted.
Unite your voice with lakhs of suffering students. #SpeakUpForStudentSafety from 10am onwards.
Let’s make the Govt listen to the students.
— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) August 28, 2020
Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik too had earlier spoken to Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the phone and requested him to postpone NEET and JEE exams, in view of the COVID-19 pandemic and the flood situation in the state, a senior official said in report by a news agency . Patnaik had also written a letter in this regard to Union Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank.