NEET can’t be held online: National Testing Agency to SC
New Delhi: The National Testing Agency informed the Supreme Court that National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (Undergraduate) can’t be held online like JEE (Main) exam.
In the affidavit filed in the SC, NTA also said that NEET centres can’t be arranged in Gulf countries. The bench under Justice L Nageswara Rao will consider the affidavit on Friday.
On July 29, Supreme Court had issued a notice to the Medical Council of India and the central government to file their responses on petitions seeking NEET examination centres in the Gulf regions. The apex court had also asked on the possibility of conducting the exam online.
In the affidavit, NTA said that online exam is not practical and since 2016 it has been held in pen and paper. The exam should be held on the same day at the same time for all candidates. This is highly essential to maintain the integrity of the exam.
NTA also said that NEET and JEE (Main) can’t be compared.
Qatar KMCC and the parents of 9 candidates had approached the Supreme Court to seek NEET exam centres in Gulf regions in view of COVID-19 pandemic. More than 4,000 students from the Gulf had applied for the exam, lawyers for the petitioners Harris Beeran and Pallavi Pratap had told SC.
A majority of the candidates in the Gulf region are Keralites. Earlier, the Kerala High Court had rejected the plea. The SC bench had then observed that the final decision should be taken by MCI and the court has limitations in intervening in the issue.