The Joint Entrance Examination (JEE-Main) 2020 is beginning today and will continue till September 6. Nearly 16 lakh students had registered for the engineering entrance examination across the country.
The Nagpur bench of Bombay High Court has allowed the conducting of JEE Mains. The court also said any student residing in flood-hit parts of Maharashtra’s Vidarbha region who cannot reach the exam centre or reaches late can apply to the National Testing Agency to seek re-examination. A division bench of Justices Ravi Deshpande and Pushpa Ganediwala said the National Testing Agency (NTA) shall consider such applications and decide accordingly, after checking the veracity of the same.
“The situation is grim in several districts due to flood. Students should not suffer for no fault on their part,” the bench said. The court said any aggrieved student can file an application to the NTA via their centre coordinator. “The National Testing Agency shall then decide on the application after consulting with the district collector concerned within a period of 15 days, the court ordered.
Earlier, the high court on Monday took cognisance of a letter written to it by Nitesh Bawankar, a resident of Bhandara district, raising concern over how students will reach the exam centres to appear for the JEE amid the flood situation. Bawankar sought postponement of the exam for students residing in flood-hit parts of Nagpur, Amravati, Akola, Chandrapur, Gondia and Gadchiroli districts.
Due to floods, students from these areas will find it difficult to appear for the JEE-Main examination, he said. The court on Monday directed the Union government, Maharashtra government, National Testing Agency and collectors of these districts to consider postponing the JEE-Main for students from flood-affected areas who would be unable to reach the centres to appear for the exam.
Source: PTINews, States