Six states file petition seeking NEET-JEE postponement in SC

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Six states across the country have filed a review petition in the Supreme Court on Friday (August 28), against the order on refusing to postpone upcoming the Joint Entrance Exam (JEE Mains) and National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET).

NEET and JEE will be held across India next month amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Pointing out the problems of ensuring safety measures and logistic issues, the review plea was filed by ministers from West Bengal (Moloy Ghatak), Jharkhand (Rameshwar Oraon), Rajasthan (Raghu Sharma), Chhattisgarh (Amarjeet Bhagat), Punjab (B S Sidhu) and Maharashtra (Uday Ravindra Sawant).

On August 17, 2020, the apex court ordered the states to conduct the exams with necessary precautionary steps.

Amid various opposition and demands from students of flood-hit areas that the exams be postponed, Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ said on Thursday that over 17 lakh candidates have already downloaded their admit cards for JEE and NEET, and this shows that the students want the exams to be conducted at any cost.

Around 8.58 lakh candidates have registered for Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) Main and 15.97 lakh students have registered for NEET, according to PTI.

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