The Nagpur Bank of the Bombay High Court refused to pass the JEE main exam on Tuesday, but said that any student who lives in flood-hit parts of the Vidarbha area of Maharashtra who cannot reach the exam center or is late , at the National Testing Agency can apply for a re-examination.
A department bank under Judges Ravi Deshpande and Pushpa Ganediwala said the National Testing Agency (NTA) would review such applications and decide accordingly after verifying their accuracy.
The Engineering Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) -Main began Tuesday at 9 a.m. across the country.
“In several districts the situation is dire due to flooding. Students shouldn’t suffer without a mistake on their part, the bank said.
The court said that any aggrieved student can apply to the NTA through their central coordinator.
“The national inspection body then decides on the application after consultation with the relevant district collector within 15 days, the court ordered.
Earlier on Monday, the Supreme Court was aware of a letter from Nitesh Bawankar, a resident of Bhandara District, expressing concerns about how students will reach exam centers to appear in the flood situation for the JEE.
Bawankar requested the postponement of the exam for students living in flood-affected parts of Nagpur, Amravati, Akola, Chandrapur, Gondia and Gadchiroli districts.
Because of flooding, students from these areas are having a hard time getting to the JEE main exam, he said.
The court on Monday ordered the Union government, the Maharashtra government, the National Testing Agency and collectors of these districts to consider moving the JEE Main for students from flood-affected areas who could not reach the centers to appear for the exam.