The JEE-Mains for admission to engineering colleges were held on Tuesday. (File)
A petition by ministers of six opposition-ruled states, who went to Supreme Court asking it to review its decision on holding NEET and Joint Entrance exams, will come up before the judges tomorrow. Despite pleas from various quarters to defer the exam in view of the coronavirus pandemic, the court had refused to oblige, saying the future of the students should not be jeopardized.
The exams, however, have already started. The Joint Entrance Exam (JEE)-Mains for admission to engineering colleges, were held on Tuesday and thousands of students had taken the exam amid strict precautions for coronavirus. The exams will continue till September 6. Medical entrance exam NEET will be held on September 13.
After the exams were deferred twice, the Supreme Court, on August 17, had rejected petitions from 11 students to defer the exams yet again.
Citing the pandemic and accessibility issues across the country amid floods and lockdown in patches, the students had asked for a third postponement. A number of states and political leaders had backed their demand.
But after the court's refusal, chief ministers of six opposition-ruled states - Bengal, Jharkhand, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh, Punjab and Maharashtra - approached the court last week, asking for a review of its decision.
"It is our duty to ensure a safe environment for all our students," Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had tweeted.
Maharashtra Minister Aditya Thackeray had tweeted a copy of his letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in which he said a cancellation of exams would prevent a spike in infections.