Six opposition-ruled states have approached the Supreme Court seeking a review of its decision to go ahead with holding the NEET medical entrance exam and the JEE for admission to the IITs amid the coronavirus pandemic.
The six states that have approached the Supreme Court are West Bengal, Jharkhand, Rajasthan, Chattisgarh, Punjab and Maharashtra.
On August 17, the top court had dismissed a petition to postpone the two crucial exams, declaring that “careers of students could not be put in jeopardy”.
In an online meeting of Chief Ministers’ on Wednesday, in which Congress president Sonia Gandhi also participated, Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren had said the “burden” of the centre’s move to push ahead with JEE and NEET would “ultimately land on our head”.
Several states are working cautiously to bring lives to normal after the coronavirus lockdown and are keeping an eye out for factors that could lead to a spike in COVID-19 cases.