On Monday, the Supreme Court declined to permit the conduction of NEET UG 2020 examination at the centres of Gulf countries. It also asked the government to permit students to come through Vande Bharat Mission flights to appear for the exam.
The decision came in light of the postponement of the NEET, JEE and other competitive examinations amid the COVID-19 outbreak.
According to the public notices issued by NTA, the NEET UG 2020 exam is set to be held on September 13.
Previously the Medical Council of India also said in an affidavit that the subject of overseas examination centres for NEET does not require the involvement of the apex court as the Indian government has uplifted the travel ban from other countries.
“In order to fairly conduct an examination like NEET, which has to be a uniform examination, it is imperative that the examination is conducted at the same time everywhere, which shall not be possible, if the examination is conducted in outside countries due to various reasons including different time zones, logistical issues, the secrecy of test papers being a booklet-based examination, etc,” the plea said.
The plea said that if NEET is not held at the same time around the world then the purity of the examination will be lost as there will be chances of leakage of questions.
Parents of nearly 4,000 NEET candidates filed a plea to postpone the NEET examination until the curb of the pandemic.
Parents of NEET aspiring candidates reside in Doha, Qatar, Oman and UAE. They have approached the Supreme court challenging the June 30 order of the Kerala High court which had dismissed their plea.
The council while seeking dismissal of the plea said that the Government of India, under the Vande Bharat Mission, permitted Indian citizens, including overseas citizens of India, to come to India by special flights.
Since March 16, universities and schools around the world have been shut down temporarily after the Centre announced the shut down as a measure to curb the spread of COVID-19. A nationwide lockdown was imposed on 25 March to contain the virus spread.