The Supreme Court on August 24, declines the plea seeking the directions to the National Testing Agency (NTA) to set up the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) exam centers abroad for the benefit of students residing overseas amid COVID-19 pandemic. The plea was filed through Advocate Pallavi Pratap. The order is passed by the bench of Justices L Nageswara Rao, Hemant Gupta and S Ravindra Bhat which contains following directions:
- The Solicitor General (SG) Tushar Mehta to consult with concerned Ministries on whether it can be ensured that such students are permitted to return to India via Vande Bharat’s mission in time for writing the September 13 NEET exam.
- Incoming students to ensure 14-day COVID-19 quarantine is followed in the interest of public health.
- The petitioners are permitted to approach the concerned State government seeking a relaxation of the quarantine period for incoming students.