Ever since the outbreak of the COVID-19 Novel Corona Virus Pandemic, many sporting, political, national & international level events and other things of importance including elections, have either been postponed. However, India is slowly limping back to normalcy, with the Unlock 4.0 happening now. Almost all modes of public transport and even businesses have been allowed to resume but massive crowd gatherings are still not allowed. However, one topic that has been causing a raging debate is the postponement of the national level NEET and JEE exams, which almost all the students are requesting to be postponed. The Supreme Court had earlier ruled on August 17th that these exams be conducted in the month of September.

Cabinet Ministers of six states not ruled by the BJP had petitioned the Supreme Court, seeking that it review its' August 17th decision on the NEET-UG and JEE (Mains) exams! Today, a Supreme Court bench comprising of Justices BR Gavai, Ashok Bhushan and Krishna Murai, rejected the review petition, citing that it did not hold any merit. The review petition was submitted by Ministers from Maharashtra, West Bengal, Chattisgarh, Punjab, Rajasthan and Jharkand, which are all not ruled by the BJP, which is ruling at the Centre. Cabinet Ministers from these six states had submitted the review petition last Friday.

The petition submitted by these Ministers had stated that if the NEET-UG and JEE (Mains) exams were not deferred, it would pose a great health risk to over 25 lakh students. They had also mentioned that it would cause "grave and irreparable harm" and injury would befall the student community across the country. The petition had also argued that it was in the welfare and safety of the students & candidates appearing for these exams. The JEE (Mains), has already been deferred twice and is now underway from September 1st to 6th. The National Testing Agency has already stated that it has undertaken many steps for the safe conduct of these exams, including increasing the number of exam centres, alternate seating arrangements, fewer candidates per room and staggered entry and exit to avoid crowding. Stay tuned for updates...