New Delhi: The Supreme Court declined a petition seeking to direct Centre and National Testing Agency (NTA) to allow online exam centres for students in foreign countries especially Gulf Countries to appear in the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) 2020 for admission to medical courses amid the Covid 19 pandemic.
However, the SC asked Government to make arrangements of Vande Bharat Mission flights for aspirants to appear NEET 2020 on September 13.
“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.” SC said to solicitor general Tushar Mehta.
While refusing to waive off norms of 14 days quarantine the bench allowed petitioner to approach states seeking relaxation from quarantine restrictions.
” The Petitioner requested for relaxation of 14 days quarantine. We are afraid such a direction cannot be given as it would endanger public health”, the bench observed.
The plea was filed by Abdul Azeez, the parent of a NEET aspirant who is based out of Qatar, in SC had said that about 4,000 students have registered for NEET 2020 from the Middle East and that there were difficulties in travelling to India amidst the pandemic.
Earlier, the NEET Exam was scheduled in May, then rescheduled to July 26 and now postponed to September 16.
Supreme Court also asked the National Testing Agency and the Medical Council of India to organise NEET online next year for admission to medical colleges across the country.