NEET-UG 2022: Delhi HC dismisses plea to postpone exam

NEET-UG 2022: Delhi HC dismisses plea to postpone exam

July 14, 2022

The plea which was filed in Delhi High Court on Wednesday to postpone National Eligibility cum Entrance Test-Undergraduate (NEET-UG) 2022 medical entrance examination has been dismissed.

The NEET UG exam is now going to be held on scheduled July 17. 

Read: Plea filed in Delhi HC over postponement of NEET-UG 2022

According to a report in Live Law, “This is totally a misconceived petition. It’s just because these are students, the court will not be harsh. Had it been anyone else, this would have been dismissed with costs”, a single bench of Justice Sanjeev Narula orally said while concluding the hearing.

“How can 15 students ask for rescheduling of the exam? Such petitions should be discouraged”, Justice Narula said.

The petition was filed by 15 aspirants from different states of the country.

The petitioners mentioned the matter before a bench of Chief Justice Satish Chandra Sharma and Justice Subramonium Prasad, which allowed it to be listed for hearing on the next day, the lawyer for the petitioners said.

According to media reports, the petitioners wanted that the medical entrance test be re-scheduled after four to six weeks on several grounds including that the schedule of the national level examinations i.e NEET, JEE, and Central Universities Entrance Test (CUET), is “unorganised” and the same has “caused immense mental trauma and harassment resulting in 16 reported suicides of young students leaving their families in a state of despair”.

Filed through advocate Mamta Sharma, the petition mentioned that the board examination ended in mid of June 2022 and the students have to prepare for three examinations without proper time.

The counsel then submitted that 218 people died in floods across the country, the bench refuted baseless arguments pointing that such things are bound to happen during the Monsoon season and hence this cannot be the basis for relief.

The counsel further submitted that 17 students have committed suicide unable to handle exam pressure. “These are vague statements. How can you say that the student have committed suicide because of the exam? I will not go by newspaper reports”, Justice Narula replied.

National Testing Agency (NTA) counsel told the HC bench that more than 90% students have already downloaded their admit cards that was released on July 12. Delaying the exam will have effects on academic sessions. It further added that demands for postponement of examinations were raised previously in 2020 and 2021 also which the court had not entertained even then.

Source: Live Law

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