Judges Ashok Bhushan, B R Gavai and Krishna Murari’s SC Bank declined to reply to the petition for review submitted by ministers from West Bengal, Maharashtra, Jharkhand, Punjab, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh, which found the plea to be unfounded.
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Cabinet ministers from Maharashtra, Punjab, Rajasthan, West Bengal, Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand had relocated the SC last Friday to request the postponement of NEET-UG and JEE (Main) to protect more than 25 lakh students from serious health risks, there the number of infections and deaths from Covid-19.
The petitioners alleged that if the August 17 order is not reviewed, serious and irreparable damage and injury will affect the country’s student community and affect the health, welfare and safety of the students / candidates who are eligible for the NEET / JEE Exams appear.
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The Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) -Main, previously postponed twice due to the Covid-19 pandemic, is currently running – September 1-6.
The JEE-Main is the first large-scale exam conducted in the country amid the pandemic.
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Over 9 Lakh candidates have signed up for the exam for admission to engineering courses in IITs, NITs, and Centrally Funded Technical Institutions (CFTIs).
The National Testing Agency has taken several steps to safely complete the critical exam, including number of exam centers, alternate seating plans, fewer candidates per room, and staggered entrances and exits.
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