The petitioners have sought directions to the National Testing Agency (NTA) to conduct the exams only when normalcy returns after the COVID-19 pandemic.
The petition filed by Advocate Anubha Srivastava Sahai and to be argued by Advocate Alakh Alok Srivastava has urged the Apex Court to direct the Centre and ensure that the JEE (Main) exams scheduled for September 1-6 and the NEET UG-2020 scheduled on September 13, be cancelled.
The petitioners also urge the Court to increase the number of NEET and JEE examination centres across the country and provide at least one centre in one district of each state.
The aggrieved students have stated that even though exams are due to be held in September, the rising COVID-19 cases remain as a major concern.
The Plea stated,
Lakhs of young students are likely to appear in the aforesaid JEE (Main) April-2020 and NEET UG-2020 Exams in the months of September, 2020. Meanwhile, COVID-19 cases are increasing in India at an alarming rate. The deadly pandemic COVID-19 has already affected about 20 Lakh people in India and situation is worsening by every passing day. Conducting the aforesaid examination across India 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.
The plea substantiates the request to cancel the September scheduled exams in view of the recent decision of NTA whereby the National Council of Hotel Management Joint Entrance Examination (NCHM-JEE) – 2020, scheduled to be conducted on June 22 was indefinitely postponed.