On behalf of the Government of Pondicherry, MLA RKR Anantharaman has filed a written petition with the Supreme Court to stop the National Eligibility Cum Entrance Test (NEET).
“On behalf of the Puducherry government, we have submitted a written petition to the Supreme Court to block the NEET. The case was brought on my behalf, ”Anantharaman said.
“The petition will be heard next week. We hope for a good decision from the Supreme Court that will protect the student community, ”he added.
Meanwhile, on Friday, members of the Congress party and its student wing – the National Students’ Union of India – had held protests across the country against the centre’s decision to run JEE and NEET in September, and urged the center to take the exams with a view to closing postpone the COVID-19 pandemic.
The protests against the decision took place in various states and union territories in the country, including Delhi, Tamil Nadu, Rajasthan, Karnataka, Uttarakhand, Bihar, Odisha and Gujarat.
The Union’s Minister of Education, Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank, said on Thursday that the safety and future of students with regard to the implementation of JEE and NEET in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic was the top priority. He added that several steps have been taken, including increasing the number of exam centers.
The National Testing Agency will conduct the NEET on September 13th and the JEE exams between September 1st and 6th.