In an affidavit filed on Friday, the MCI stated that the matter of exam centers for NEET overseas does not deserve the supreme court’s indulgence, given that the Indian government has allowed entry to and from other countries via Vande Bharat’s mission.
The affidavit was filed upon request for instructions on how to conduct NEET in centers in the Gulf States.
The Indian government allowed Indian citizens, including foreign nationals of India, to come to India on special flights under the Vande Bharat Mission, the council said while moving the plea to be dismissed.
“In order to be able to conduct a test like NEET fairly, which must be a uniform test, it is imperative that the test is carried out everywhere at the same time, which is not possible if the test is carried out in another country due to various factors Reasons such as different time zones, logistical problems, the secrecy of test papers as a brochure check, etc. “, it says in the plea.
It is said that if NEET is not performed everywhere at the same time, the “sanctity of this test is lost” as there is a possibility that questions will be lost.
The matter is due to go to the Apex Court on August 24th.
With the plea of action filed by the parents of nearly 4,000 NEET candidates (students), an attempt was made to alternatively postpone the exam until the COVID-19 pandemic normalizes.
The parents of these candidates, who reside in Doha, Qatar, Oman and the United Arab Emirates, have turned to the Apex Court and challenged the Kerala Supreme Court order of June 30 that rejected their request.
In her appeal against the Kerala Supreme Court order, Qatar’s Kerala Muslim Culture Center Secretary General Abdul Azeez stated that the National Testing Agency (NTA) had the ability and willingness to open testing centers in the Gulf states as it has done for the joint entrance examination (JEE) (Main).
Previously, the NTA had told the court that it is not possible for NEET (UG) 2020 to have exam centers overseas because the exam is conducted in paper book format.
With an affidavit, the NTA had declared that the test cannot be carried out in cities abroad, as NEET (UG) must be carried out at the same time and on the same day in one shift to ensure uniformity.