SC rejects the establishment of NEET test centers abroad
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NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Monday rejected a request to the center and the National Testing Agency (NTA) to set up NEET testing centers abroad for students abroad in light of the coronavirus pandemic.

A bank made up of Judges L. Nageswara Rao, Hemant Gupta, and S. Ravindra Bhat asked Attorney General Tushar Mehta to discuss with the ministries concerned whether students planning to visit India to take the NEET exam would be on the Vande flights Bharat Mission could be accommodated.

The court also asked Mehta to investigate the possibility of Middle Eastern aspirants being allowed to board such flights.

The bank also noted that incoming students are allowed to contact the affected state governments to relax during quarantine times.

According to the rules, people coming to India from abroad must go through a 14-day quarantine in the interests of public health.

The Supreme Court verbally ordered Mehta to inform the concerned ministries that these students may be allowed to return to the exam.

Mehta asserted before the bank that the issue could be resolved under quarantine requests and that they determined they would come for review.

The Supreme Court informed the petitioners’ attorney that he could ask his clients to plan their return in light of the quarantine requirements. The attorney argued that many students abroad intended to take both the NEET and Joint Entrance Exams (JEE).

The petitioners said that just a 6-day break between the JEE (September 1-6) and the NEET exam (September 13) was also an issue.

The petitioners had asked the Apex Court to challenge an order from the Kerala Supreme Court to reject their request to set up exam centers overseas or to postpone exams due to the pandemic.

The center has already decided not to postpone the NEET and JEE exams.

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