SoP violations at JEE exam centres worry students

Katie Ramirez
September 5, 2020

Congress spokesperson Abhishek Singhvi previously said in a joint press conference of parties that the grounds on which their review petition had been filed has not been heard by the court so far and is different from those petitions which have been dismissed by the top court.

The 6 states that filed the review petition on August 28, 2020, are Chhattisgarh, Punjab, Rajasthan, Maharashtra, West Bengal, and Jharkhand.

They had filed the petition in their individual capacity, their counsel Sunil Fernandes said.

The National Testing Agency is conducting the NEET on September 13 and JEE between September 1 and 6.

The petition, which was submitted in the Court last week, said the previous SC order did not "secure the safety, security and Right to Life of the students/candidates" appearing for exams.

The Supreme Court had earlier dismissed a plea seeking postponement of the two exams amid a spurt in the number of COVID-19 cases, saying a "precious year" of students can not be wasted and life has to go on.

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It said the 17 August order is "cryptic, non-speaking" and does not discuss various aspects and complexities involved in a matter of this magnitude. The Agency said that the exams are being conducted keeping in mind the interest of the students so that they do not lose an academic year.

"Life has to go on.Life has to move ahead". However, many students have to shell out a huge sum of money to reach the centers and take the exam. Transportation issues, despite many states running special trains, is seen to be a major hindrance in JEE Main 2020.

The plea said that JEE Mains is slated to be conducted over 660 exam centres with 9.53 lakhs students appearing for it, roughly 1,443 students per centre.

Students from across the country blamed the Union Education Minister for lying to the country in saying that the exams were being conducted smoothly, and now demand that after the failures of SOP guidelines during the JEE Mains Examination, NEET should be postponed so that no more lives are risked. Similarly for NEET UG, 15.97 lakhs students will appear in 3,843 centres across the country, almost 415 students per centre, it said.

"Such large movement of people will ipso facto prove to be a serious health hazard and will totally defeat the twin present-day solutions we have of combating the COVID-19 pandemic i.e. social distancing and avoidance of large public gatherings". However, states have reported a much bigger number of absentees.

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