HC refuses to give a stay on the JEE entrance exams

Nagpur Hc On Jee Exam

Nagpur : The Bombay high court on Tuesday refused to give a stay for the examinations of the NEET and JEE-Main examinations, but said any student residing in flood-hit parts of Vidarbha region of the state, who cannot reach the exam centre or reaches late can apply to the National Testing Agency to seek a re-examination.

Earlier, barely few hours before the crucial main examination of JEE, the Nagpur bench of Bombay High Court served notices to the union government and the state, asking can the entrance examination be postponed in view of sudden flood in Vidarbha region. A large area of several districts of Vidarbha region, particularly Nagpur, Chandrapur, Bhandara, Gondia and Gadchiroli have been devastated due to incessant rains and floods due to which thousands of students are unable to attend the tests, held on Tuesday.

A division bench consisting of Justice Ravi Deshpande and Justice Pushpa Ganediwala had converted a letter received from a student Nitesh Bawankar from Paoni in Bhandara district into a PIL and held the special hearing on Monday evening. The letter narrated the difficult situation faced by students across Vidarbha reeling under the torrential rains and resultant inability to travel and appear in this life-changing and career-deciding examination.

After hearing all the parties, including the counsels of union government and the state, the court said that the National Testing Agency (NTA) shall consider such applications and decide accordingly, after checking the veracity of the same. The engineering Joint Entrance Examination (JEE)-Main began at 9 am across the country on Tuesday.

The division bench said that the situation is grim in several districts due to the sudden flood. Students should not suffer for no fault on their part. It 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.