New Delhi: The Supreme Court of India on Monday rejected a petition seeking rescheduling of National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET)-Undergraduate 2021 examination to a date to avoid clash with other examinations. The Court dismissed the plea of a batch of students – urged the court that a direction may be issued for shifting the medical entrance exam to a suitable date soon after the ongoing board/other competitive exams, saying that “Over 16 lakh students take NEET. It can’t be deferred on a plea of few students.”
“We will not entertain this petition. We do not want uncertainty. Let the exam continue,” a Bench comprising Justice AM Khanwilkar, Justice Hrishikesh Roy, and Justice CT Ravikumar added.
The National Testing Agency on September 3 had clarified to the bench that the students would be allowed to appear for the examination, irrespective of the fact that CBSE results would not be declared by then.
“The non-declaration of result will not stop the students from appearing in the exam, and results will only be required during the counselling,” the NTA has said.
The plea filed by Advocate Sumanth Nookala sought to quash public notice scheduling NEET UG 2021 on September 12 as being “manifestly arbitrary and in violation of Article 14 of the Constitution of India.”
While hearing the submission made by the NTA’s counsel on September 3, the bench orally told the petitioner’s counsel: “Your grievance is other exams will commence and your result isn’t declared. The relief claimed is unnecessary as authorities say you will be permitted to appear”.
The NEET-UG exams will be held as per schedule on September 12, the Supreme Court said.