The Supreme Court rejected a plea to set up centers for the NEET exam 2020 (which is supposed to be conducted on September 13, 2020) abroad for the students residing in other countries due to Covid-19, on Monday.
The order was passed by the bench of Justices Hemant Gupt, L Nageswara Rao and S Ravindra Bhat.
“We request the SG to consult the concerned ministries to ensure that the students who wish to visit India to write the NEET exam should be permitted to travel through Vande Bharat Mission flights.” said the Supreme Court while passing the order.
They also added that the students must be quarantined for 14 days. However, the court allowed students to approach the respective state governments with pleas for a shorter quarantine period.
The Court asked Solicitor General to keep safety measures in check. “You ask your clients to come back now so that quarantine is taken care of. We have to consider public health also. This year it’s too late to help the students,” the Court added.
The Medical Council of India, in an affidavit, said, “In order to fairly conduct an examination like NEET, which has to be a uniform examination, it is imperative that the examination is conducted at the same time everywhere, which shall not be possible, if the examination is conducted in outside countries due to various reasons including different time zones, logistical issues, the secrecy of test papers being a booklet-based examination, etc.” when the Supreme Court told the MCI that it should consider holding the exam online from next year.